Teenager Receives Policy Limits Settlement From Fellow Student
Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm
A 16 year old female student was walking home from school as part of her route was to cross Tahoe Street near Quince Avenue in Carthers, Fresno County, California. She was in the crosswalk well into the street when a fellow male student was inattentive for unknown reasons and struck her with a 2015 Buick Lacrosse. The teenage girl was thrown violently to the pavement in front of the automobile. At this point, the male student panicked and not wanting to “get into trouble” got out of the car and helped the young girl into the Buick. He started driving away indicating he was going to take her to his house and call for help. At this point, the young girl insisted that he stop the vehicle. Apparently he was not going to. However, when he pulled up at a corner near her residence, she unlocked the door and got out anyway. At this point, a neighbor finally came to her assistance and called 911 wherein the emergency medical personnel arrived and transported her to Fresno Regional Medical Center where she was treated for a fractured nose and bulging disc in her neck. Her parents contacted The Dunnion Law Firm and an attorney was assigned to the case. The attorney ascertained that the defendant was a recent transfer student from Texas driving his grandparent’s vehicle. It was determined that the vehicle had a $100,000.00 policy limits. The insurance company initially resisted payment until they were confronted with a video tape that had been gathered by the investigating police officers and provided to The Dunnion Law Firm. Faced with such evidence, they immediately tendered the policy limits in the amount of $100,000.00 and the matter proceeded to superior court for court approval of the compromise settlement of the minor’s claim in the amount of $100,000.00. The father of the young girl has directed that her settlement proceeds be placed in a blocked account until she reaches age 18. Her parents were also offered the possibility of placing the minor’s funds in an annuity, however, because she was nearing the age of majority (18), they believed that the blocked account, to become available to her at age 18, was the most efficacious plan. While no one would like to have their child involved in an accident, her parents were pleased with the results obtained by The Dunnion Law Firm.