Retirees get $750,000 in settlement against trucking company.
Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm
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.