Vehicles - Freeway

CHP officer, responding to call, cuts off semi on freeway. $6.1M. San Joaquin County.

Truck driver says CHP officer caused freeway accident; no comparative fault.

  • Case Name: Marvin Lee Sheley v. California Highway Patrol
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 12, 2019

Plaintiff beats CCP 998 in rear-ender with disputed injuries. $1M. Los Angles County.

Liability admitted. Nature and extent of damages disputed when two pickup trucks collide.

  • Case Name: Bravo v. Garcia
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Slow-moving vehicle on freeway hit. $1.08M. San Bernardino County.

Pickup towing a Ford Expedition is struck from behind by a larger truck. No injuries were apparent at the scene.

  • Case Name: Francisco Perez v. Con-Mold, Inc. and Mihael Ilies
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 04, 2018

Rear-ender causes ongoing neck and back pain. $12,500. Orange County.

Active-duty serviceman claims ongoing pain (four years) from rear-ender. All specials paid by military.

  • Case Name: Dante Calvo v. Patricia Tuqan
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 02, 2018

Punitives in freeway DUI case. $152K jury verdict. Los Angeles County.

Drunk driver rear-ends another car on freeway at 2 a.m. Moderate injuries. Plaintiffs beat their 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Lawrence, et al. v. Mataele
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fatal highway accident blamed on faulty manufacture of motor home. Defense verdict. Sonoma County.

Family members killed when their car skids on fluid in roadway; fluid leak blamed on motor home found disabled nearby.  Plaintiffs claim defective design and  manufacture of motor home.

  • Case Name: Menera v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al., consolidated with Ayala, et al., v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Head-on collision kills plaintiffs' daughter. $3.5 million. San Bernardino County.

Defendant driver says she's entitled to sudden emergency defense as her vehicle came into contact with gravel on the highway shoulder.

  • Case Name: Arsenio D. Madero Jr., as an individual, and as a successor in interest of DJ Mariah Madero, deceased; Eloisa Madero; as an individual, and as a successor in interest of DJ Mariah Madero, deceased v. Mercedes Devoney Broughton, an individual, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 04, 2016

Disputed liability in freeway rear-ender ends in defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff in rear-end freeway accident says he slowed for construction zone, but defendant says there was no construction zone.

  • Case Name: Tapia v. Orji
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Disputed injuries after low-impact rear-ender. $60K jury verdict. Alameda County.

This MIST case resulted in a verdict that included $32,000 in non-economic damages.  Both sides had expert testimony from bio-mechanical engineers.

  • Case Name: Eric R. Harbison v. Melisssa Johnson-Scranton
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Truck accident injures passenger with pre-existing spinal condition. $711,000. Orange County.

Passenger in single-vehicle truck accident claims back injury but docs had told him to have surgery before the accident.  $100K offer with admitted liability.

  • Case Name: Casas v. Slaby Environmental, Inc., Robert Slaby, Julio Arias
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Defense verdict after policy limit offer of $50k was refused in rear-ender with disputed causation. San Diego County.

Freeway rear-ender injures plaintiff, age 50, with long history of back pain complaints.  Liability admitted but causation and extent of injuries disputed. 

  • Case Name: Juvenal Hernandez v. Juan Pacheco
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, April 15, 2013