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Injured Man Awarded $16.5 Million After Crash With Texting Driver
Kenneth J. Allen Law Group: Kenneth J. Allen (Personal Injury
Binkowski told the jury that the injuries he sustained from the crash prevented him from pursuing professional goals like joining the police force, conducting on the railroad, and remaining in the Army National Guard. He underwent 15 surgeries following the crash and, at the time of the trial, continued to suffer from neck pain and vision trouble, while also attending physical and cognitive therapy.
The Northwest Indiana Times reported that the driver who struck Binkowski didn’t have a justification for why he failed to stop at the intersection, based on taped testimony played at the trial. “I had lost my focus at that moment,” the driver said, claiming not to see the car ahead of him.
The jury deliberated for two hours before awarding Binkowski the $16.5 million, which included $9.5 million for his injuries, $500,000 from the driver, and $6.5 million from Grand Island Express, Inc., the trucking company that employed the driver. “The jury’s verdict sends a loud and clear message: Northwest Indiana has no tolerance for reckless and irresponsible truckers and trucking companies,” Allen said after the trial.