A Southern California Woman Recovers More Than $1 Million for Injuries She Suffered in a Left- Turn Accident
Even if you have a strong negligence case, the right San Mateo intersection accident lawyer
can be invaluable to you. To get a truly successful outcome, you not only need to establish liability, you also need to know what your case is worth so that you can make informed decisions about making, accepting, or rejecting settlement offers.
Things like left turn crashes are a good example of these sorts of cases. These kinds of collisions can inflict moderate harm or they may cause major injuries. Earlier this month, two people died
in San Luis Obispo County after a pickup truck driver turned left into the path of a Honda Civic, killing both occupants of the Honda, according to a KSBY report.
That circumstance was one where the totality of harm was clearly massive. A lot of situations, though, are less obvious. In those cases, the defense is almost inevitably going to argue that the harm you endured (and will suffer) is much less severe than you contend. The key, in terms of potentially settling the case, is differentiating a low-ball settlement offer from a fair one.
That was what faced one Southern California woman (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 18STCV00001) recently. One day, while riding home from work with her brother, the woman was injured in a crash. Another driver collided with the brother's car when the former attempted a left turn. The area contained multiple "right turn only" signs.
In a case like this, where the defendant alleges she was not at fault, certain actions can be crucial in terms of establishing liability. If the driver made an illegal turn, did the police issue her a citation for that turn? If yes, proof of guilt from that citation can be a major help.
Normally, when you pursue a vehicular negligence case, you have to provide the court with sufficient evidence establishing each of the negligence elements California law requires. If you have proof of guilt in a traffic violation or other criminal charge (such as vehicular homicide or DUI) in connection with the crash, that proof of guilt may allow you to pursue liability under what the law calls "negligence per se." That theory allows the court to infer negligence based on that guilt.
A Settlement Offer Shrewdly Rejected
In the Los Angeles woman's case, the defendant offered to settle the case for $300,000. The plaintiff, who allegedly had suffered a disc injury in her back, a labrum injury in her hip, and a traumatic brain injury
That was a wise choice, as the jury not only returned a judgment of negligence but also awarded the injured woman more than $1.1 million in total damages.
Whether you were a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist, a driver, or a passenger, a skilled legal advocate can help, both with making your injury case and then getting the compensation you need. Your case inevitably will come with many vitally important decisions along the way. The right legal team will keep you informed and give you clear advice to make the best selections possible.
For the diligent advocacy you deserve, get in touch with one of the helpful and experienced San Mateo intersection accident attorneys at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP. Contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.