Morgan Wang, a former Cornell student has won a $71 million verdict from a Manhattan jury Thursday. Morgan was a passenger in a vehicle crash on Aug. 20, 2012 that left her with a fractured back and spinal cord injury.
Her injuries left her with no feeling in her feat requiring that she use a leg brace.
The driver at the time, Cornell grad Neil Sexton, had fallen asleep at the wheel. He smashed right into a Chrysler minivan on State Route seventy nine, killing a passenger.
- $5 million for past pain and suffering
- $6 million for future pain and suffering
- $60 million for medical care
The accident changed the course of Wang’s life. She was unable to finish school. According to Morgan Wang’s lawyer, Cornell’s hilly landscape made it difficult for Morgan to navigate in a wheelchair.
Morgan’s life has gone from being an active you women to rehabilitation and pain management.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults in the U.S. have driven while drowsy one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These figures may be the tip of the iceberg, since currently it is difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness. Read More…
Drowsy driving crashes can result in high personal and economic costs.
- Several drowsy driving incidents have resulted in jail sentences for the driver.
- Multi-million dollar settlements have been awarded to families of crash victims as a result of lawsuits filed against individuals as well as businesses whose employees were involved in drowsy driving crashes.
New York car accident lawyer shares insight on drowsy driving, “Driving while sleep-deprived as seen in the above accident can be very dangerous. If the driver falls asleep at the wheel, accidents, even fatal accidents can happen. Vehicles can drift out their lane causing head-on collisions. Accidents like this take lives, change lives, forever.” said Mr. Ajlouny.