Kimberly Sudnick of the Haymond Law Firm in Hartford
Kimberly Sudnick of the Haymond Law Firm in Hartford (Picasa)

Attorneys for a 54-year-old Watertown man injured after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck in 2015 agreed to a $1.5 million settlement Monday.

The underlying case was strengthened by body cameras worn by Naugatuck police officers who responded to the accident, according to Kimberly A.S. Sudnick, attorney for plaintiff Todd Teubner.

“The four responding police officers all gave us their body cameras, which showed the accident and my client writhing in pain on the ground and then being put in the ambulance,” said Sudnick, who is with The Haymond Law Firm in Hartford. “In this case, it really made a difference.”

According to the 11-page lawsuit filed Feb. 24 in Waterbury Superior Court, Howard Vagt, who was involved in a similar accident a year before, struck Teubner with his Ford pickup truck in May 2015. The lawsuit alleged Vagt failed to yield the right-of-way; failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles; and failed to signal. Vagt was ticketed for failure to grant the right-of-way.

Teubner required several surgeries on his ankle, Sudnick said. Teubner’s medical bills totaled more than $100,000, and he remains partially disabled.

“He does work part time as a motorcycle salesman and plans to ride again in the future,” Sudnick said.

Liberty Mutual Insurance, the primary insurer, will pay $500,000 and American Alternative Insurance Corp., which is part of the excess insurance policy, will pay $1 million. “From day one, they needed to offer me the policy limit, which was $1.5 million,” Sudnick said.

Susan L. Miller of O’Connell, Attmore & Morris in Hartford represented American Alternative.

“This is an example of people working together to resolve a claim where accidents happen and things are unfortunate,” Miller said. “We reached a settlement in as efficient a way as possible and that all sides could agree to.”

Vagt previously struck bicyclist Robert DuPaul in Naugatuck in June 2014, according to court records. In that lawsuit, which settled for an undisclosed amount, Vagt allegedly made an improper left turn. DuPaul suffered a dislocated left hip.

Attorneys for a 54-year-old Watertown man injured after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck in 2015 agreed to a $1.5 million settlement Monday.

The underlying case was strengthened by body cameras worn by Naugatuck police officers who responded to the accident, according to Kimberly A.S. Sudnick, attorney for plaintiff Todd Teubner.

“The four responding police officers all gave us their body cameras, which showed the accident and my client writhing in pain on the ground and then being put in the ambulance,” said Sudnick, who is with The Haymond Law Firm in Hartford. “In this case, it really made a difference.”

According to the 11-page lawsuit filed Feb. 24 in Waterbury Superior Court, Howard Vagt, who was involved in a similar accident a year before, struck Teubner with his Ford pickup truck in May 2015. The lawsuit alleged Vagt failed to yield the right-of-way; failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles; and failed to signal. Vagt was ticketed for failure to grant the right-of-way.

Teubner required several surgeries on his ankle, Sudnick said. Teubner’s medical bills totaled more than $100,000, and he remains partially disabled.

“He does work part time as a motorcycle salesman and plans to ride again in the future,” Sudnick said.

Liberty Mutual Insurance , the primary insurer, will pay $500,000 and American Alternative Insurance Corp., which is part of the excess insurance policy, will pay $1 million. “From day one, they needed to offer me the policy limit, which was $1.5 million,” Sudnick said.

Susan L. Miller of O’Connell, Attmore & Morris in Hartford represented American Alternative.

“This is an example of people working together to resolve a claim where accidents happen and things are unfortunate,” Miller said. “We reached a settlement in as efficient a way as possible and that all sides could agree to.”

Vagt previously struck bicyclist Robert DuPaul in Naugatuck in June 2014, according to court records. In that lawsuit, which settled for an undisclosed amount, Vagt allegedly made an improper left turn. DuPaul suffered a dislocated left hip.