Judge Orders Trial Set Against UPS for Catastrophic Brain Injury to Cyclist

On February 8, 2021, Broward County Circuit Court Judge Keathan B. Frink granted Plaintiff William Richardson’s Motion to Advance Case on the Trial Docket and set the case for the trial period commencing January 3, 2022, and running through January 21, 2022. The case, Richardson vs. UPS (CASE NO.: CACE20-021933), was filed in the 17th Circuit Court on December 30, 2020.

On July 24, 2020, William Richardson was riding his bicycle along a marked bicycle trail in Pompano Beach, Florida, when he was struck by a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery truck. Mr. Richardson, 77, was a retired insurance agent and an avid cyclist who rode 15-30 miles daily to stay fit. The complaint, filed by Domnick Cunningham & Whalen (DCW) attorneys Sean C. Domnick and Lindsey E. Gale, alleges Mr. Richardson had the right of way and the UPS driver failed to yield and allow for his safe crossing. Mr. Richardson was hit head-on by the UPS truck and suffered multiple rib fractures and a traumatic brain injury. As a result of the collision, Mr. Richardson has had to undergo three brain surgeries and will never be able to live independently again.

Domnick Cunningham & Whalen worked aggressively to resolve this case before filing suit in hopes of providing Mr. Richardson the resources he needs to restart his life. Unfortunately, despite the firm’s best efforts, the parties were unable to reach a settlement agreement that adequately provides for Mr. Richardson’s long-term care.

Sean Domnick, a Shareholder at Domnick Cunningham & Whalen explained, “Our goal in setting this case for trial is to restore Mr. Richardson’s quality of life to the best of our ability. We cannot change the past, we cannot undo a brain injury, but we can work diligently to ensure UPS takes full responsibility for their negligence and for Mr. Richardson’s future.”

Attorney Lindsey Gale added, “This was a man who had a full life and truly loved the outdoors. He took pride in his health, stayed active, and enjoyed his friends. Now he cannot live without supervision and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life. UPS has to reconcile their role in his catastrophic injury.”