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Wisconsin teen receives nearly $500K in partial settlement after crash

A Wisconsin teen will receive nearly $500,000 as a partial settlement for injuries he sustained in a car accident two years ago.

The 17-year-old was severely injured in October of 2009 when riding in the back seat of a vehicle driven by a man who apparently failed to halt at a stop sign. The accident was about 120 miles northeast of La Crosse, in Pierce County, Wisconsin.

The Prescott boy will receive $499,000, a judge ordered last week.

The boy's medical expenses apparently exceed $500,000.

He was in the back seat of the vehicle, wearing his seatbelt, when the driver went through at stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and CTH QQ. The vehicle collided with another in a T-bone-type accident.

The $499,000 comes in two parts: $100,000 from liability coverage by Integrity Property and Casualty Insurance Company (the maximum amount available under the policy) and $399,000 from State Auto Insurance Company of Wisconsin in underinsured motorist coverage.

State Auto will be credited with the $399,000 payment in any future settlements or court orders that happen as a result of the accident.

Claims against the other driver -- the one who hit the car the teen was in -- aren't affected by this court order.

Apparently that driver might be partially liable for the injuries the teen sustained, according to the boy's attorney. There is apparently evidence that the other driver was driving at an excessive speed and did not look for other traffic at the intersection.

Source: Pierce County Herald: "17-year-old Prescott boy receives nearly $500K as part of accident settlement": Sept. 27, 2011

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