A Montgomery County, Alabama jury recently awarded a nearly $1.3 million financial award to Michael Duey of Eufaula, Alabama, who suffered life-threatening injuries in a 2013 crash that was caused by a distracted driver who was using his cell phone at the time of the accident. The significant financial award will help Duey cover medical bills incurred for injuries he sustained in the accident—which include several fractures in his left arm, a broken hip, and broken bones in both knees. After the accident, Duey spent 31 days in a coma, was hospitalized for 47 days, and underwent several knee surgeries. Three years later, he continues to struggle with his injuries and faces a lengthy recovery period.

Caught on Video

The shocking accident—which involved Duey’s pickup truck, a rented box truck driven by Gregory Moore of McKelvey Mechanical in Tuscaloosa, and a school bus—was captured by the bus's onboard video camera. The video shows Moore swerving and clipping the rear of the school bus that had come to a full stop to let children out. Duey, who was driving behind Moore and whose view of the bus was blocked by Moore's box truck, is seen colliding with the rear of the bus. Cell phone records indicate that Moore was making work-related calls, suggesting that he was distracted at the time of the crash.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you may wish to seek a financial award for your injuries to help pay for damages such as:

  • Medical bills incurred as a result of the accident.
  • Property damage to the vehicle you were driving.
  • Lost wages if your injuries caused you to miss work.
  • Loss of earning potential if your injuries forced you into a lower-paying position.
  • Pain and suffering.

Because most car accidents are not captured on video, it can help to secure the representation of an experienced personal injury attorney. For a free evaluation of your case, contact the knowledgeable attorneys with Steinberg Injury Lawyers today. We're ready to answer any questions you may have and can also offer you a free copy of our book The Seven Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.


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