Our client had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana and was riding his motorcycle on the freeway when an irresponsible teen driver driving his parents’ Lexus changed lanes into him. Our client could not avoid the Lexus and swerved but he was pushed into another car and crashed. Of course, when police arrived, they took the word of the teenager and the driver of the other vehicle. Even though the physical evidence confirmed our client’s motorcycle was broadsided and did not rear end the Lexus, the officers faulted our client. Our client was arrested for DUI even though he only had a few beers and was not drunk, and he held a valid medical marijuana card under Prop 215. As a result, not only did our client lose his license, but he suffered a broken foot and had to undergo emergency surgery, and another surgery weeks later. We believed our client was treated unfairly due to his socioeconomic status and we therefore took his case.
At first, the Lexus’ insurer, Farmers, denied the claim. However, after analysis of the physical evidence of damage to both vehicles, and the fact that the District Attorney had dropped the alcohol DUI charges due to “insufficient evidence”, and never even sought a DUI for the marijuana, our case became stronger. Ultimately, our client chose to settle and not go to court after we secured a $95K settlement from the same insurance company that had denied his claim before he hired The Dunnion Law Firm. We then negotiated significant reductions in our client’s medical bills, which were paid by his health insurer, and he received generous compensation despite the facts of the case.