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$12,773.46 Settlement After BOP Vehicle Rear Ends Motorist

Tennessee resident Beverly Oliver brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1996 after being rear ended by a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) truck driven by a prisoner. The $75,000 suit settled for $12,773.46.

Oliver was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at a Memphis intersection in 1995. Federal prisoner Mark Wallace was operating the truck for the BOP. Wallace plowed into the back of the vehicle sending it crashing into the vehicle in front of them. Oliver was flung about inside the vehicle and allegedly sustained injuries to his legs, neck, sides, back and nervous system. He claimed costly medical bills, including specialists and therapists in an attempt to alleviate his pain and suffering. He brought the action against Wallace and the U.S. Department of Justice under the Federal Tort Claims Act, alleging that Wallace's failure to pay attention, maintain control of his vehicle, following too close and driving too fast considering the conditions that were present, were the direct and proximate causes of his injuries.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee authorized the settlement in 1997 with no admission of guilt and ordered the parties to pay their own costs and fees. See: Oliver v. United States, USDC, W.D. Tenn., Case No. 96 2869 (Jan. 20, 1997).

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