Gallatin County documents lawsuit towards insurance coverage firm about payment for snowplow crash | County

Gallatin County and a snowplow driver who was involved in a 2017 collision have filed a complaint in federal district courtroom against Atlantic Unique Insurance policies Organization, alleging that the insurance company acted in undesirable faith and breached its contract with the county.

In that circumstance, a Gallatin County plow becoming pushed by Rick Blackwood unsuccessful to stop at a quit indicator and collided with a vehicle becoming driven by Sarah Daniels.

The snowplow’s blade broke as a result of the windshield and roof of the motor vehicle and Daniels expended numerous months in the healthcare facility and has everlasting impairments from the crash, according to court docket documents.

Gallatin County District Court docket Judge Rienne McElyea found the county and the snowplow driver negligent and awarded damages to Daniels to the tune of $12.4 million. McElyea later reduced the total based on a prior payment of $750,000 to $11.6 million.

In a criticism submitted on April 5, 2021, Gallatin County and Blackwood allege that Atlantic Exclusive Insurance coverage Business breached its duty to Gallatin County and Blackwood by not paying out its entire plan amount of $6.5 million.

In accordance to the grievance, ASIC paid out Sarah Daniels $750,000 in early 2018. The firm contended that its payment to Daniels was restricted by statute in this occasion to $750,000, not the $6.5 million that the Eighteenth Judicial District ordered by summary judgement the company shell out to Daniels.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said the following phase in this case will be for ASIC to file a reaction.

ASIC did not reply a Monday afternoon phone for comment on the circumstance.

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