Vehicles - Motorcycle

Motorcycle crashes into left-turning auto. $5.3M. Santa Clara County.

Driver pulls out of parking lot and crosses traffic lanes to turn left in front of oncoming motorcycle.

  • Case Name: Carlos Diaz v. Shemin Gau
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pro motorcycle instruction ends in crash. Defense. San Francisco County.

Female motorcyclist rides with instructor at track, claims gross negligence when they crash.

  • Case Name: Jennifer Barrett v. Cory Call, Keigwins@TheTrack, Inc., Szymon Dziadzia, Jesse Carter, Kevin Norton, Leah Carter
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 03, 2019

Left-turning vehicle collides with motorcycle. Both drivers assigned fault. $3.5M gross. Riverside County.

$3.5 million gross reduced to $2.1 after comparative fault when car making left turn collides with oncoming motorcycle.

  • Case Name: Townsend v. Olivo
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, February 11, 2019

Motorcyclist killed by city truck at intersection. $7M. Los Angeles County.

Motorcyclist dies when he collides with City of Covina truck. Plaintiff had lowered pre-trial demand to $1 million after CCP 998.

 

  • Case Name: Laura Asencio v. City of Covina, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 29, 2018

Contractors attempt to set up traffic break without CHP, resulting in crash. $5.5M. San Luis Obispo County.

Paving contractors need to move equipment from one side of highway to the other. They use their vehicles to set up a traffic break, resulting in a high-speed crash.

  • Case Name: Bruce v. Telfer Technologies, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 31, 2018

Auto accident blamed for fatal heart attack. Retrial. Riverside County.

66-year-old man dies of heart attack at hospital where he was taken following an auto accident. Trial on causation.

  • Case Name: Ruth Gougeon, Steven Gougeon, Madeline Gougeon, Nicole Shuey v. Guy Parks
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Motorcycle passenger sues the driver. $1.9M in general damages. Monterey County.

Defendant at trial blames driver who settled out (empty chair).

  • Case Name: Hambrook v. Lafitte
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Failure to warn of traffic danger is claimed when motorcyclist dies. $5 million. Los Angeles County.

Restaurant patron turns the wrong way out of parking lot onto one-way highway.

  • Case Name: Eileen Annocki and Joseph Annocki, Sr. v. Peterson Enterpises, LLC dba Geoffrey’s Malibu and Terry Allen Turner, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 08, 2017

Disputed liability and injuries in motorcycle accident. $3.7 million. Los Angeles County.

Lexus driver said to be at fault when motocyclist is severely injured; she says he was lane-splitting.

  • Case Name: Nicholson v. Borok
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two-motorcycle rear-ender; defense denies liability. $54K. Alameda County.

A group of motorcyclists was on a "poker run" when one participant's motorcycle rear-ended another.  Liability was disputed.

  • Case Name: Theis v. Altom
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

Vehicle collides with motorcycle, torn ACL. $350K. San Bernardino County.

Torn ACL results from motorcyle and auto collision.

  • Case Name: Chase Henrich v. Veronica Hackbarth
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Disputed liability in motorcycle accident on highway. $1.2 million. Santa Clara County.

Liability is disputed when auto driver loses control, crosses lanes and strikes motorcycle.  Defendant driver says motorcycle was tailgating.

  • Case Name: Arnold Petersen v. Mark Alexander Faria
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Monday, 14 December 2015

Motorized bike in crosswalk hit by right-turning motorist; $12,950 net plus costs and attorney fees. Los Angeles County.

Electric bike rider, illegally riding in crosswalk, is struck by motorist turning right. Defense denies liability.

  • Case Name: Roldan v. Flores
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 18, 2014

Disputed cause and extent of injury equals low offer in motorcycle accident. Verdict $187K. Los Angeles County.

Defendant motorist suddenly pulls into carpool lane to avoid collision with vehicle in front of him; cuts off motorcyclist in the carpool lane, who then rearends defendant.  Defendant claims comparative fault by plaintiff, contests injuries, makes lowball offer.

  • Case Name: Joseph Hubbard v. Alan Parrish
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Motorcycle struck by pickup; course and scope of employment at issue; $11.9 million. Contra Costa County.

Motorcyclist, 35, is struck by defendant company's pickup, but defendant says driver was retired and not in course and scope of employment.  Catastrophic head and spine injuries.  $11.9 million verdict.

  • Case Name: Sean Choy v Mori Hatsushi and Associates Inc., Masaru Hatsushi, Mori Hatsushi and Tomiko Hatsushi and M. Hatsushi Landscaping
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 10, 2012