Vehicles - Freeway

Negligent entrustment claim in high-speed DUI crash. $1.6M. Santa Barbara County.

When DUI driver causes accident, his out-of-state father is blamed for loaning him the car.

  • Case Name: Flick v. Reyes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Freeway rear-ender caused by federal employee causes MTBI and neck strain. $4M bench verdict.

Multi-million-dollar bench trial award for non-economic damages including loss of consortium when plaintiff suffers MTBI in freeway rear-ender. Defense disputes impact of collision and claimed damages, both economic and non-economic. 

  • Case Name: Rufo v. United States
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 28, 2020

Tractor-trailer rear-ends another. $3.4M. Los Angeles County.

Defendants argue causation and extent of injury after admitted-liability truck accident. $1 million offer.

  • Case Name: Malak Qaadir v. Figueroa and Pacifica Trucking
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 27, 2020

Rear-ender on 91 freeway with verdict lower than offer. $3,235. Los Angeles County.

Defendant had offered $30K while plalntiff demanded $100K.  Strong disagreement in medical testimony on need for procedures performed.

  • Case Name: Jessie Angulo v. Sidney Wilson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rear-ender causes neck, back injuries and PTSD. $146K. Los Angeles County.

Two die in three-car collision, causing plaintiff's PTSD.

  • Case Name: Chika Lim v. Chin Sheying Wang, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, November 01, 2019

Freeway rear-ender. Defense, with cost award of $39K. Orange County.

After a long series of demands and offers, this one went to trial.  And there was a WC lien.

  • Case Name: Gilbert Badillo v. Daniel Bonelli
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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