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Virginia (VA) Woman Killed by Reckless Recreational Vehicle (RV)

Posted on Jul 06, 2007
According to a published report in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a major Virginia (VA) wrongful death claim recently settled. Driving down I -95, Jeanette Walker, experiencing car problems, pulled onto the shoulder and stepped out of the car, leaving her 3 children in the car. While she was walking towards a nearby exit, an oncoming recreational vehicle (RV) swerved off the road. The impact of the recreational vehicle (RV) was no match for Ms. Walker and she later died at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia (VA). The recreational vehicle (RV) was owned by a man in New Hampshire, but was being used at the time by a 16 year old, Travis Salo, and his 6 teenage friends. Salo told police at the scene that he fell asleep behind the wheel on their journey from New Hampshire to Florida. Nationwide Insurance Company offered $300,000 in coverage on the recreational vehicle (RV) and Allstate Insurance Company offered $100,000 coverage on defendant Salo. The recreational vehicle (RV) owner had an umbrella policy on the recreational vehicle (RV), but Nationwide initially refused to increase the offer of settlement. The case was settled for 1.5 million during seven hours of mediation.
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