Panthers LB Shaq Thompson being sued for head-on collision

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Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson has been sued, by the former Duke quarterback he hit head-on with his car last year.

According to ESPN.com, a lawsuit was filed Monday by Anthony Boone, seeking damages and lost wages as a result of the accident.

Last May, Thompson lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and hit Boone’s car. Thomspon said he lost control when his cell phone fell to the floorboard and he tried to retrieve it.

Boone spent nine days in the hospital, after suffering a broken hip, hand and rib injuries. Boone played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, but hasn’t played since the injury.

The lawsuit says Boone is seeking more than $25,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.

17 responses to “Panthers LB Shaq Thompson being sued for head-on collision

  1. Good. If he is not smart enough to pull over to retrieve his phone that he probably shouldn’t have been using in the first place then he deserves to be sued for much more than he is. He is lucky there wasn’t a vehicular manslaughter charge on that one.

  2. “Thomspon said he lost control when his cell phone fell to the floorboard and he tried to retrieve it.“

    All I can think of is that Allstate commercial with Mayhem: “bzzzt bzzzt Im your phonr, stuck down here between your seat and console. Playing a little hide and seek. Warmer. Warmer. Up. Boiling. Jackpot!!”

  3. Could be interesting since Boone wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Is it law in NC to wear seatbelts? If he was wearing one and could have walked away like Thompson, he may not have much of a chance for big sum.

  4. Like many others, I was surprised at the low dollar figure mentioned in this story, especially since the accident effectively ended his career. Hopefully he gets a lot more than that. He deserves it. And, Thompson deserves to get sued for doing something so unwise.

  5. akaodoyle says:
    April 4, 2018 at 9:31 am
    25K? He must be his own lawyer.
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    Pursuant to North Carolina statute, this type of civil lawsuit can only be pled to be in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limit ($25,000). The purpose is to avoid folks filing lawsuits with claims that they are seeking a bazillion dollars for sensationalism and publicity. Other states allow such claims in court filings, but North Carolina does not. Most reporters don’t know this and never offer an explanation of the $25,000 claim in lawsuits that clearly seek much more than the minimal jurisdictional limits.

  6. idiotkickerwhogotliquoredup says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Could be interesting since Boone wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Is it law in NC to wear seatbelts? If he was wearing one and could have walked away like Thompson, he may not have much of a chance for big sum.
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    While it is law in North Carolina that a person must wear a seatbelt, it is inadmissible at trial whether or not an injured plaintiff was, or was not, wearing a seatbelt. Many states have similar evidentiary laws about seatbelt usage.

  7. This is all likely out of Shaq’s hands. His auto and excess liability insurance carrier probably is refusing to settle with Boone. Shaq’s personal assets should not be at risk – unless he was foolish enough to not have at least $2M in personal liability insurance coverage. A personal umbrella policy costs only about $150/$300 annually per million in coverage. If Shaq only had $100k in auto coverage without an umbrella policy he was very both very poorly advised and now is very open to a personal judgment against him.

  8. the young generation today is TOTALLY addicted to their phones, constantly looking at them all day while they are driving or even walking which in turn causes accidents like this.
    PUT THE DAMN PHONES DOWN PEOPLE!

  9. Mobile phones are one of the best and worst inventions ever. They’ve taught incredibly selfish people to be oblivious to others, at all times. Put the phone down and drive the car instead of letting it drive itself.

  10. somewheredownthecrazyriver says:
    April 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    I guess none of you poindexters have ever taken your eye off the road and always drive with both hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock. Keep to the right grannies.
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    I guess you don’t understand the point. People are driving machines weighing a ton or more at speeds that limit the time for reflexes to react and maneuver accordingly while they are doing dumb things like search for a phone on the floor, text, read a book, play a video game, apply make-up and even clipping toenails. I have personally witnessed drivers of other vehicles doing every one of those things while driving on the interstate at 70+ mph. How hard is it to pull over to do something requiring attention? If you can’t see how that is dangerous or you believe your complete convenience is worth jeopardizing the lives of everyone else on the road then you and all the other people who do the stuff I listed should probably stay off the road altogether.

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