Engineering company pays settlement to college student for crash

Written by Emily

Firefighter and paramedics taking victim out of crashed car.

A driver for Binkley & Barfield, Inc., an engineering company, rear ended a car driven by a student attending Texas Southern University.  The engineering company had insurance with the Hartford Insurance Company.  The insurance company initially offered the TSU student a money settlement, which the student rejected.  The student hired our firm to handle his case against the engineering company and its driver.  We filed the case in Harris County District Court.

The company driver claimed the accident was not his fault because all the cars in front of him suddenly stopped.  He also said the TSU student was at fault for not paying attention.  VB took several depositions and developed the case to a point where the company finally conceded its driver was at fault for the crash.

The TSU student hurt his neck in the accident.  His doctors said he needed to have a neck surgery.

VB obtained a favorable confidential settlement, far more than what the insurance company initially offered, shortly before the trial date.

Emily Corwin


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