AUTO INJURIES: A limousine passenger left paraplegic by a crash agreed to a $3.5 million settlement of his suit claiming that bald tires caused the vehicle to hydroplane in rainwater and strike a concrete barrier.
The accident occurred on a New Jersey approach to the Holland Tunnel when the planitiff, then a 40-year-old advertising executive, was riding in a Lincoln Town Car. He suffered a spinal cord injury, is in a rehabilitation center and has not worked since the accident, Raymond Gill of personal injury law office Gill & Chamas in Woodbridge, NJ.
The suit alleged the livery company received a mechanic’s report stating that the rear tires “need to be changed soon” but failed to do so. A post-crash examination showed one-sixteenth of an inch of tread in some spots and no tread in others, says auto accident attorney Gill.
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