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New Haven County, CT

In this motor vehicle negligence action, a motorcyclist sued after he crashed on a Connecticut highway, allegedly a result of a poor milling job. The suit was resolved via settlement.

On the evening of June 29, ________, the plaintiff, Martin F. III, was riding his Honda Valkyrie motorcycle Route 15 in Meriden, Connecticut, when he traveled through an area of roadway milled by the defendant, Black & Boucher, LLC. On June 11, defendant had milled a portion of the highway, a process of removing and recycling asphalt in order to make way for a new paving surface. Upon completion of the work, the defendant was charged with resurfacing the road with new asphalt. However, the plaintiff later argued, the defendant had left the surface rough and containing grooves, edges, and elevated manhole covers. The plaintiff, while traveling through the area, made contact with a two-inch raised edge, allegedly created through the milling process, resulting in his losing control of his vehicle and crashing. The plaintiff was taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital where he was treated for numerous injuries, including multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury. He now suffers permanent impairment to his speech and comprehension, impairment of his gait, and other changes to his state of consciousness and lifestyle. He has undergone several surgeries, and continues to receive care for his cognitive, physical, and psychological effects, requiring around the clock care, and will have to remain in assisted living for the rest of his life.

Mr. F. and his wife filed suit in the Judicial District Court of New Haven, Connecticut against the milling company, Black & Boucher, LLC. The plaintiff sought damages for his injuries on claims of contractor negligence. The plaintiff also brought a claim against the State of Connecticut under the highway defect statute. The plaintiff’s wife also asserted a loss of consortium claim. The defendant contractor disputed liability.The suit was resolved via settlement for $________ in damages.

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