Posted: August 14, 2013

A Connecticut man was walking across the street when a car traveling at least 30 mph in excess of the speed limit clipped him, severing his leg. The vehicle was being driven by someone who was sworn to uphold the law and protect the citizenry – a state police officer. The cruiser was moving at 75 m.p.h. or faster in a 45 m.p.h. zone without its siren or flashing lights going, according to an Associated Press report. The AP noted that after the accident, the trooper got out of his car, checked the bumper for damage and – in a scene captured on video -- stood over victim Melvin Gordils and began questioning him rather than administering first aid. This after Gordils had suffered a crushed pelvis and his right leg was completely torn off. His lawyers told the jury in the case that medical expenses and lost income alone amounted to more than $8 million dollars. The panel, adding compensation for pain and suffering, awarded $16.25 million. Get more information about car accident lawsuits.