Carolyn Caruthers of Sauter Sullivan LLC took the case of an out of state motorcyclist who was injured when a Cadillac Escalade struck her while driving her motorcycle on I-270 in St. Louis. The driver of the Escalade was looking at her cell-phone while driving in the center lane when traffic slowed; the driver swerved to avoid hitting the car in front of her, veered into another lane and hit Caruthers’ client. The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to hit the concrete median and the woman was thrown from her bike and skidded across the highway. She sustained a foot injury that required surgery, various disc herniation’s in her back, plus other injuries including the emotional distress associated with the post-traumatic stress from the motorcycle accident. Initially, the driver of the Escalade and her insurer attempted to avoid liability for the client’s losses and injuries and made a very low offer. Due to the bad offer and the numerous medical bills the client accumulated, the lost time from work and the negative impact the crash had on the the client’s quality of life, Caruthers filed suit on behalf of her client. Caruthers’ hard work paid off when she negotiated a $95,000 settlement for her client a month before the trial was scheduled to start.