Vehicles - Motorcycle

Collision with SUV leaves motorcycle rider with severe TBI, fractures, and unemployable. $23.9M. San Joaquin County.

Railroad held liable under alter-ego doctrine for actions of an employee of a subsidiary.


  • Case Name: Leon v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Saturday, April 16, 2022

Marine injured in left-turn motorcycle crash. $4M. Orange County.

Active-duty marine suffers pelvic injuries, including his testicles.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Iyengar
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Defendant driver admits liability in crash with motorcycle, but disputes need for future treatment. $1.6M. Los Angeles County.

Left-turn accident at intersection leaves motorcycle driver with serious leg, hip and knee injuries.

  • Case Name: LeClair v. Morton
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Motorcyclist hit by left-turning company truck. $23,720,996 at in-person bench trial. Los Angeles County.

This was the first in-person personal injury Bench trial in Los Angeles County since the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020. In his decision, the judge said, "The court will not split the baby as between the two requests but will – but rather will award an amount appropriate based upon the evidence.”

  • Case Name: Steeve Rojas, et al. v. Hajoca Corporation, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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