It’s no surprise that motor vehicle accidents involving teenage drivers increase during the summer months. Teens have time off from school and more time to drive. In reading various articles about teenage driving safety today, we came across a trial verdict involving a teenage driver which provides a stark reminder of what can happen in car accidents involving teens.
In the case of Davis v. Berger, Davis, who was 16 at the time of his accident, was awarded $1.03M for damages he suffered in a rollover car accident.
Cody Davis, 16, was a passenger in in a pickup truck driven by his friend, Scott Berger. Berger lost control of the pickup truck on a rural road and the truck rolled. Unfortunately, Davis suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident and suffers cognitive impairment as a result.
In his lawsuit, Davis claimed that Berger had been speeding prior to the accident and that he was negligent in failing to maintain control of his truck.
The jury verdict of $1.03M likely reflects the severity of Davis’ injuries.
Cognitive Deficits due to Traumatic Brain Injury
A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury due to a motor vehicle accident, slip&fall or sporting accident may experience cognitive impairments while the brain heals. Sometimes these cognitive deficits may last for a short time but sometimes they may last in some degree throughout ones life.
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is a complex injury and no two patients can expect the same outcome.
When the brain is injured, every aspect of a person’s life can be affected including intellectual, emotional, social, physical and behavioral.
The impact of a brain injury to one’s emotions can include depression, anger, lack of impulse control, social anxiety and the inability to enjoy life.
Teenagers who suffer a TBI often are unable to participate at the same level in school and at home.
Patients with a TBI often experience memory loss, attention problems and other cognitive problems.
Personal Injury Attorney Represents Clients with Brain Injuries
The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has more than 30 years experience representing clients and their families who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or whiplash. In these types of cases we often call on expert witnesses in neuropsychology and also financial analysts that can help calculate the cost of medical care and of lost wages for a patient with a TBI throughout their life time.
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Citation: Davis v. Berger, No. 2008CIV4047 (Pa., Lehigh Co. Com. Pleas Apr. 9, 2012).