Georgia Law Firm Cannella Snyder Reaches Two $5M Settlements

Talk of the Town Case Update

DECATUR, GA – It’s been a busy year for Cannella Snyder. The Decatur law firm hasn’t celebrated its first anniversary yet, but since opening its doors, the firm has filed new qui tam, products liability, premises liability, and road wreck cases. Even better, the firm is already celebrating major successes.

Cannella Snyder Reaches $5M Settlement for Clients in Deadly School Bus Case

In June 2022, Cannella Snyder helped their clients resolve a deadly negligence case against an Atlanta school bus company for $5 million. An eight-year-old DeKalb County girl was killed and her mother seriously injured after a Samson Tours’ driver stopped a school bus at an unlawful location. Plaintiffs alleged the bus driver stopped to load children at an intersection controlled by a traffic light in violation of Georgia’s traffic safety laws. Such unlawful bus stops can create conflicting traffic signals and confuse motorists. The little girl and her mother were struck by an oncoming car as they were crossing the street in the crosswalk to board the bus. The collision killed the young girl and sent her mother to the hospital for several days. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that the company’s driver negligently stopped at an unauthorized bus stop, and that Samson Tours failed to properly train its drivers to avoid this dangerous situation. Samson Tours faced trial for its alleged role in the eight-year-old’s death and mother’s injuries until the case resolved for $5 million, the company’s insurance policy limits.

Cannella Snyder Resolves $5M Pedestrian Death Case Against City

In April 2022, Cannella Snyder reached a $5 million settlement for the plaintiffs in a pedestrian death case against a metro-Atlanta City. This groundbreaking case, the first of its kind in the US, involved the City’s failure to implement a leading pedestrian interval, a traffic device that gives pedestrians time to cross the street before cars begin moving. Because of the City’s error, a 72-year-old grandmother was struck and killed in the crosswalk while on a walk with a friend. Cannella Snyder argued the City knew about the dangers of the intersection but failed to take action to protect pedestrians. Facing a trial after three years of litigation, the City settled for its full policy limits.

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