Dangerous Condition of Public Roads, Highways

Truck driver is run over by his own rig during altercation over truck making a turn on private business property. $9.3 million. Fresno County.

Long after city abandons a road often used by big-rigs, business places barriers to trucks and demands payments from truckers using the property to turn around at the end of the road. During a fight with business's general manager, trucker is run over by his co-driver. 

  • Case Name: Jones v. Hiller Aircraft Corporation, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Teen student hit by driver in dangerous crosswalk, city sued. $25.6M. Riverside County.

Senior driver hits student in well-marked crosswalk; location of crosswalk near high school is at issue.

  • Case Name: Tusant v. City of Hemet, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 06, 2020

Fatal accident at dangerous intersection. $23.7 million. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiffs say parked cars blocked view of intersection and constituted a dangerous condition.  Death of scientist, age 59, while riding a motorcycle.

  • Case Name: Lani Guilmette; and Grayson Guilmette, by and through his guardian ad litem, Lani Guilmette v. City of Los Angeles; and Ramon Nevarez
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 02, 2016

Washed-out bridge caused dangerous road condition. $396K verdict against San Bernardino County.

Driver runs off roadway into dry river bed because of washed-out bridge, says county's posted warnings were inadequate to warn of the danger.

  • Case Name: Branson et. al, v. County of San Bernardino and County of San Bernardino v. James Schultz
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Bicyclist falls at site of highway roadwork; paraplegic. $15.5 million. Los Angeles County.

Multiple bicyclists fall on same weekend at site of roadwork on PCH in Malibu; dangerous condition claimed.

  • Case Name: Vincent Colarossi, et al. v. Roe defendants
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

$4 million verdict for wrongful death on dangerous roadway. San Diego County.

Active-duty marine, age 22, loses control on wet roadway and hits telephone pole. Ongoing problem of flooding on road as well as decedent's driving and state of mind (attentiveness) while driving are examined in trial against county.

  • Case Name: Keith Schultz, Tobie Deala v. County of San Diego, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 28, 2012