Actress, Miranda Cosgrove, best known as Nickelodeon’s iCarly, recently attended court accompanied by her mother in order to file a new $2.5 million lawsuit against the tour bus drivers involved in her August 2011 car crash accident. Cosgrove believes the 2011 accident may have permanently ruined her career.
In legal documents submitted to the court, Cosgrove went into great detail in order to describe exactly how detrimental the accident has been, particularly for her career. Cosgrove, who is listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Paid Child Actress for iCarly, claims the accident has ended her career by leaving her disfigured and disabled.
“Whenever you and or a loved one in involved in an accident, that causes bodily harm, that person(s) incur cost physically and sometimes mentally,” says Craig L. Cook, Founder, The Law Office of Craig Cook. “Consideration must also be given to time lost in wages.”
During Cosgrove’s Dancing Crazy Tour, her tour bus collided with a commercial tractor trailer on Interstate 70 in Illinois. Cosgrove suffered a broken ankle as a result of accident, which occurred on August, 11, 2011. Her mother also sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver, however, was in critical condition following the accident as a result of the windshield slicing through his arm.
According to reports, the popular child star claims to have lost $2.5 million in earnings, the amount of her lawsuit. Documents revealed the breakdown of Cosgrove’s lawsuit; a medical bill of $184,490.16; the cancellation of 25 booked tours amounting to $400,000; and the cancellation of future tours which are about to be booked costing $560,000. Cosgrove also claimed that Neutrogena dropped her $400,000 contract as a result of her unstable physical condition. In addition, Cosgrove claimed Sony also dropped a planned recording contract. The tour bus driver disputes these losses, claiming that the young actress is lying about both her medical bills and her contracts.
Unfortunately, accidents such as the one Cosgrove was involved in are all too familiar, and often result in fatal injuries due to the sheer size and weight of commercial tractor trailers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal accidents involving tractor trailers occur nearly 11 times every day in the United States, killing an estimated 4,000 people and injuring over 100,000 each year.