Settlement Reached in Wrong-Way Collision Case

On March 8, 2005, Nick Sommer was heading south on SR 55 around 11:00p.m. On this evening, Mr. Sommer had just finished work in Clearwater and was heading home to Bradenton. Neal Franzer was a technician with Cardinal Health who had traveled from Jacksonville to Tampa to assist Cardinal in upgrading hospital software at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

After completing his work in Tampa, Mr. Fanzer was traveling to his place of lodging in Bradenton. Along the way Mr. Franzer stopped to eat dinner and consumed several alcoholic drinks. At the time of the accident Mr. Franzer had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. Mr. Franzer was driving in the wrong direction on SR 55 and hit Mr. Sommer’s vehicle head-on.

Mr. Sommer fractured several ribs and separated his shoulder in the accident. Fortunately, Mr. Sommer survived the accident and was able to recover from his injuries, but lost his job as a machinist and was unable to obtain employment until almost 2 years after the accident.

Mr. Franzer was insured with Progressive with liability limits of $100,000. Cardinal Health denied that Mr. Franzer was working at the time of the accident. The offer to resolve the damages of Mr. and Mrs. Sommer without filing a lawsuit was denied by the Defendants and their Insurance companies.

Ultimately, we were able to obtain a settlement of $575,000 on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Sommer