Escambia To Settle Auto Accident Claim With Cantonment Man For $90K

August 12, 2017

Escambia County is set to approve a settlement next week with a Cantonment man injured in a 2015 traffic crash caused by a tire that fell out of the cargo area of a county truck.

Daniel Cain was driving a jeep and trailer east on on Muscogee Road near Beulah Road on April 21, 2015.

At that time, an Escambia County Roads and Bridges truck carrying waste tires was traveling in the opposite direction of Cain’s vehicle. A tire became dislodged from the bed of the county truck and bounced into the lane of travel of Cain’s vehicle. In his attempt to avoid collision with the tire, Cain lost control of his Jeep and collided with a Waste Management Solid Waste vehicle. Cain’s Jeep rolled over and partially ejected him.

Cain sustained facial injuries and lacerations in addition to injuries to his neck, thoracic spine and right shoulder. He still has scars on his forehead. After treatment, he was given a permanent impairment rating of 8% of the body as a whole. He continues to have pain in his neck, back and right shoulder, according to county documents.

Cain was airlifted to the hospital, with the LifeFlight bill totaling  $59,657.64. Cain currently has liens to his health insurance company, medical payments coverage to his auto insurance and medical providers totaling over $40,000.

As the primary at-fault party in the accident, county attorneys have estimated that a jury verdict could exceed $200,000.

The county attorney’s office will recommend Thursday that the Escambia County Commission approve a settlement with Cain and his wife, Peggy Diane Cain, for $90,000.


10 Responses to “Escambia To Settle Auto Accident Claim With Cantonment Man For $90K”

  1. low rider on August 15th, 2017 8:11 am

    Sounds like a bad wreck. What seems comm these days… “Jeep rolled”. Ever since everybody got on the SUV/CUV kick, there are many more rollover wrecks. For me, I’m keeping my low riding regular car.

  2. Chris on August 14th, 2017 10:03 am

    People that are injured in accidents rarely recover even the wages they lose much less any significant amount of money to cover future medical bills and wage loss. Unfortunately, there just not sufficient recovery available even in the most serious accidents where folks are paralyzed. This is the sad reality and the only true winners are the lawyers.

  3. Elmo on August 13th, 2017 11:17 pm

    $59,657.64 for a hellivac ride to the hospital from Cantonment!! County present #5 Commissioner Steven Berry, please look into this outrageous price gouging Sir!!

  4. Sunny F. on August 13th, 2017 4:40 pm

    This case needs to be settled by a jury. Tires were not secured properly and 100% at fault. The settlement of $90,000 is ridiculously too low. Hopefully Cain and his wife will seek more compensation. Mr. Cain will be experiencing life long pain and suffering from his injuries. I can testify to that because of injuries received in an accident. There was no settlement. All these attorneys and wanna be medical persons, don’t have a clue what an accident victim will suffer in their lifetime. It’s all speculation on their end. Let it happen to one of them, and make a believer out of them.

    as for that Life Flight bill – robbing the public.

  5. Lady on August 12th, 2017 10:45 pm

    In no way is this enough money for this man. That 90,000 won’t even pay all his medical bills. This man is still suffering pain from this accident. If they offer that amount only take it to a jury. I would get a new lawyer right away. Too small amount to take care of bills let alone future medical bills.

  6. Bob's Brother on August 12th, 2017 5:14 pm

    It didn’t mention if the victim had legal representation. For what seems to be permanent injuries, $90,000 is a drop in the bucket. I’d have hired one of the more successful accident/ injury attorneys and looked for close to half a million.

  7. Charlie Mike on August 12th, 2017 2:19 pm

    I hope the county employee that failed to secure the load has been held accountable.

    Also, the LifeFlight bill was $59,657.64? Seriously? Just let me die on the side of the highway before you saddle my family with a bill like that. Sounds predatory.

  8. Bob on August 12th, 2017 10:34 am

    Seems rather low is this after all the bills and attorney fees are paid?

  9. Michael Weaver on August 12th, 2017 7:11 am

    Lucky to be alive. This could have turned out much worse. Unfortunate accident to say the least. Glad to see he’s getting something towards his bills at least.

  10. Willy on August 12th, 2017 12:14 am

    Glad to see Danny getting something as compensation for this. He deserves more.

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