Policy Limit Settlement $250,000 in Rear-End Collision, Kane County, Illinois

On September afternoon in Itasca, Illinois, the plaintiff from New Bedford, Texas was traveling in a van operated by a hotel employee.

Plaintiff was a guest of the hotel at the time and was being transported as a guest as he was in town for a conference. While at the stop light northbound on Rohlwing Road at the intersection of Bryn Mar Avenue, the defendant driving a 2004 Saturn Vue northbound rear-ended the hotel van with such force as to push it into the cross street of Bryn Mar Avenue.

According to reports, the van sustained very little property damage and the defendant testified she was traveling no more than 12 mph.

Plaintiff testified he made complaints of neck pain to the responding police office, however, the police officer testified the plaintiff did not make any complaints of injury.

Prior to the crash, the plaintiff had already undergone surgery on his neck and had a pending worker’s compensation case in Texas arising from the indident. The insurer for the compensation carrier had the plaintiff evaluated and the doctor had given the opinion the plaintiff’s injury, if any, was pre-existing and not related to the September crash in question.

The case settled for the policy limit of $250,000 in Kane County, Illinois.

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