Monday, May 9, 2011

Family Settles for $1.1 Million in Motorcycle Crash Death

On May 25, 2010, Maryland native Harry Singleton was killed while riding his Harley-Davidson just outside of Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The accident occurred when a truck owned by Pennsylvania based Continental Laundry Systems stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection without seeing the motorcyclist. Witnesses were able to help establish who was at fault and recount details of the motorcycle/truck accident.

Originally, the lawyers representing the deceased and his family demanded $2.2 for economic and non-economic damages from Continental Laundry's insurer. These damages did not include a claim for pain and suffering because evidence showed the motorcyclist was killed on impact. Ultimately, the case settled without having to go to court. If the case had to be taken to court lawyers would have filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased's family.

Several factors may have helped both sides reach a settlement without having to go to court such as the presence of multiple witnesses, a perfect bill of health for the deceased prior to the accident, decreased demand and surviving family members, including a wife, son and daughter, and four grandchildren.

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