Vehicles - Lane Change

Unsafe lane change said to cause back/shoulder injuries requiring surgery. $292K. Los Angeles County.

Defendant denies extent of injuries and necessity of medical services. Plaintiff beats CCP 998; defendant also refused policy limits offer.

  • Case Name: Rogelio Ruiz v. Deanna Pollard
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 18, 2022

Three-car crash causes spinal injuries. $8.25M. Los Angeles County.

Two defendant drivers dispute which one caused the crash, and both dispute the extent of plaintiff's injuries.

  • Case Name: Endreszl v. Serrano, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Defendant crosses four lanes before hitting plaintiff. $2,486. Los Angeles County.

Defendant offers policy limits but plaintiff does not accept, contending the policy lid was off.

  • Case Name: Daniel Flores vs. Jong Kim and Lynn Kim
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Street sweeper sideswipes vehicle, causing major injuries. Liability disputed. $8.4 million. Napa County.

Despite extensive, life-long injuries suffered by plaintiff, defendant fails to make reasonable offers until trial, when it  finally admits liability.

  • Case Name: Melissa Alvarez and Lorenzo Alvarez, a minor v. Syar Industries, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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

Plaintiff beats CCP 998 in lane-change crash with extent of injuries disputed. $898K. Kern County.

Woman walks away from roll-over saying she is uninjured; severe and ongoing pain begin the next day.

  • Case Name: Clarke v. Barrett
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Driver overreacts to being cut off by unknown driver, collides with plaintiff. $76,984 net. Orange County.

An unkown driver cuts across two lanes of traffic, cutting off defendant driver who swerves and strikes plaintiff driver.  Defendant found 50% negligent.  $76,984 net after 50% comparative negligence by unknown driver.

  • Case Name: Estora Pugh v. Jillann Benson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 27, 2013

Unsafe lane change into path of motorcylist results in paraplegia. $9 million. Los Angeles County.

Driver changes lanes to turn right, cutting off motorcycle that then collides with car.  Plaintiff, age 25, paraplegia.

  • Case Name: Carlos Madrigal v. Richard Tang and Anna Tang
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 03, 2012