$150,000 Car Accident Settlement
Personal Injury / Car Accident
Venue: Buchanan County Circuit Court
Case Number/Date: Not filed/July 11, 2012
Special Damages: Larry Pettibon: medical bills originally charged $25,718, reduced to
$23,634. Thelma Pettibon: medical bills originally charged $16,432, reduced
Insurer: Carolina Casualty Insurance Company
Plaintiff's Attorney: James Montee, Montee Law Firm, P.C., St. Joseph
Defendant's Attorney: None
Plaintiff's Expert: Stan Oglesby, Concordia (accident reconstruction)
St. Joseph, Missouri auto accident attorney James Montee has reached a
settlement on behalf of his clients for injuries received in a Gower,
Missouri automobile accident.
On September 10, 2011, Larry Pettibon was driving his wife Thelma east
on Frederick Avenue in St. Joseph, Missouri in the couples' 2007 Ford
F-150. A Jack Cooper Transport semi with two trailer units in tow turned
left in front of the Pettibons and their pickup struck the second trailer.
The Pettibons were transported by ambulance to Heartland hospital. Larry
Pettibon suffered a large hematoma on his right forearm, a rib fracture
and lumbar spinous process fractures. Larry stayed at the hospital three
days and followed up with physical therapy and a TENS unit. Thelma Pettibon
was treated in the emergency room and diagnosed with neck and back strain
and chest contusion. A followup chest CT scan later revealed a nondisplaced
subacute manubrial fracture.
The driver for Jack Cooper Transport alleged that the Pettibon vehicle
was traveling too fast. The police report measured 64 feet of skid from
the Pettibon pickup prior to collision. The Crash Data Retrieval Module
on the Pettibon pickup was corrupted in the collision and data was not
retrieved to determine the pickup's speed.
The Pettibons agreed to settle their claims for $150,000 prior to filing suit.
Breakdown: $100,000 for Larry Pettibon; $50,000 for Thelma Pettibon