Our Client Runs Stop Sign And Still Gets $100,000
Author: Attorney Daniel Villalobos
Our Client Makes A Left Turn
Our client, a mid-twenties mother of three, made a big mistake while driving her car. She proceeded after stopping at a stop sign but did not judge the distance she had for oncoming traffic. As a result, our client was T-boned from the passenger side with her three children in the car. At first glance, it appeared as if our client was 100% at fault. Our client called numerous law firms who all declined to take the case citing that our client as the proximate cause of the accident. However, once our client called us asking for help, we decided to dig a little deeper into the circumstances of the crash.
Dell and Schaefer Discover Inconsistencies In The Defendant’s Story
The defendant came out swinging with his insurance company. He pointed the finger at our client demanding that his insurance company place 100% blame on our client. Originally his insurance company did oblige. However, our firm was able to point on forensic inconsistencies that would result in comparative fault being apportioned to the defendant. For example, the speed limit was only 35 miles an hour, yet the impact was so great, that our client’s vehicle spun around 360 degrees and then struck the defendant’s car a second time. Forensically this could only mean that the defendant was driving in speeds in excess of 60 – 70mph, well over the speed limit. In addition, our client had crossed over the two east bound lanes of traffic and one west bound lane of traffic before being struck. Having time to stop at a stop sign, and cross over three lanes of traffic means that the defendant must have seen our client coming from at least a quarter mile away. If the defendant did see our client entering the intersection, our firm argued that the defendant had the last clear chance to avoid the accident and he negligently failed to do so.
Dell and Schaefer Negotiate A Settlement
Within one week of signing up the case, our firm immediately filed a bodily injury demand with the insurance company. Our firm sought monetary compensation for bodily injuries, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disfigurement, disability, mental anguish, property damage, lost wages, and impairment of ability to earn future wages. After a lengthy negotiation, our firm settled the case two weeks after the accident for $100,000.
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