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Retirees get $750,000 in settlement against trucking company.

Retirees get $750,000 in settlement against trucking company.

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 6-Jun-2016

Our client was retired and driving to the coast for a day trip. Suddenly, on Hwy 152 near Hollister, as he was waiting for a red light, an 18 wheeler semi truck slammed him from behind, pushing him across an intersection and off the roadway into a ditch. He was airlifted to a Bay Area trauma center and diagnosed with a broken vertebrae in his spine. Thankfully, he did not require surgery. It was a long and difficult process to recover from the injuries, especially since he had two prior similar fractures within five years before the accident. The insurance company for the truck did not believe the injuries were serious and offered an insulting sum to “settle”, so we filed a lawsuit. Our investigation turned up the fact that the driver had prior accidents, tickets and violations, not only in California, but also in Oregon and Washington state, yet was never suspended, reprimanded or otherwise punished by the trucking company. We alleged punitive damages to punish the trucking company for jeopardizing the safety of our client and other motorists. In fact, The Dunnion Law Firm unearthed so much information, instead of the insurance company for the trucking company trying to throw out these damages, which is typical, we got them to agree to keep these additional damages in the case. Ultimately, we resolved the case right before trial and obtained an excellent result for our client and his wife.