$350,000 Awarded to Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle
The driver of a bus stopped at a crosswalk near Binghamton University to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. As another vehicle was approaching the rear of the bus, the driver of the bus waved the pedestrian across the road. Unfortunately, the driver of the approaching vehicle did not stop, went around the bus and accidently struck the pedestrian who was in the process of running across the road in front of the bus. There was no way for the driver of the approaching vehicle to see the pedestrian crossing the road in front of the bus so the police treated this as a “dart out” case and did not ticket either driver. This firm treated the case differently. In fact, we immediately sued the case, argued that the driver who hit the pedestrian failed to use appropriate caution and obtained a $250,000 recovery against him. We also argued that the driver of the bus should not have waved the pedestrian across the road and obtained a separate $100,000 recovery against that driver.