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Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Results

$850,000 – Jaywalking Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death

In a very tragic accident, an eight-year-old boy was playing along the north sidewalk of 25th Street in San Pedro with his older brother and two friends. He saw a puppy across the street and crossed to play with the puppy. After a brief interaction with the puppy, the boy ran across the street outside of the crosswalk, and across four lanes of east and west traffic. He almost made it across the street when he was struck and killed by the defendant, driving a 2000 Ford Ranger, traveling westbound on 25th Street. The defendant driver was an employee of a large corporation. He had his five‑year‑old son in his vehicle, sitting in the front seat with him. Our clients, the parents, alleged that defendant driver was negligent in the operation of his motor vehicle and was distracted by his five‑year‑old son sitting in the front seat, in violation of his employer’s company policy. We argued the defendant driver was traveling in excess of 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. The defendants said the accident was not their fault. First, they argued the eight-year-old was negligent by darting out into the street. Next, they argued the parents were comparatively negligent for permitting their child to play unsupervised on a busy four‑lane street. The defendant employer also argued the driver was off work at the time and was not in the course and scope of his employment. Finally, the defendants argued the eight-year-old boy was struck first by another vehicle traveling eastbound on 25th Street and was thrown across the street and into the westbound lanes of travel before being struck by the defendants’ vehicle. We defeated all of these arguments and established the driver was on the job at the time of the collision. The case settled one month before trial.
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$675,000 – Movie Actor Runs Over Two Pedestrians in Cross Walk

Our two clients were walking back from the world premiere after-party for the movie “The Watchman” at Club Avalon in Hollywood. The defendant, a 16-year-old movie star, who was a recently licensed driver, struck our clients with his 2008 Land Rover as they were legally in the crosswalk at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Avenue. The defendant driver was making a left turn and cut off another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The impact of those vehicles caused the Land Rover to move to the left and strike our clients. One of clients was thrown about ten feet and suffered multiple pelvic fractures. The other client was knocked over, and Land Rover’s tire crushed her leg. She sustained right ankle fractures and a torn meniscus in her right knee requiring surgery. Our clients’ combined medical expenses were approximately $98,000. The defendant movie actor only had $200,000 of insurance coverage. His insurance company immediately offered the $200,000 to settle the case. We refused to accept the settlement in light of the serious injuries sustained by our clients. The defendant’s first lawyer, a prominent Hollywood attorney, claimed the defendant had no money to contribute to a settlement personally, as he had spent all of his previous earnings. After a month of negotiations and the threat of litigation, which we believe the defendant preferred to avoid due to unwanted negative publicity, the defendant fired his first lawyer and hired new counsel. We pursued settlement discussions with the new lawyer and ultimately obtained a comprehensive global settlement of $675,000 for our clients injuries, which included a $435,000 contribution from the defendant movie star personally. As a result of our efforts, we held the defendant liable for his actions and our clients were fully compensated for their injuries.
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$370,000 – Retired 89 Year Old Woman Pedestrian Hit by Car Backing Up

Our pedestrian accident attorney recovered $370,000 in a settlement for our 89-year-old retired client. She was walking in a parking lot of a small strip mall at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and Magnolia Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, when the defendant driver operating his employer’s 1997 Toyota SUV backed into our client and knocked her to the ground. The defendant driver had only a $15,000 insurance policy. The owner of the vehicle, the driver’s employer, had a $100,000 insurance policy. Our client suffered a fractured left shoulder and was hospitalized for five days. She had approximately $70,000 in medical bills. The employer owned a small restaurant in the strip mall. The defendant employer argued that her employee was moving her car on his personal time and not while on the job. The defendants also argued that our client had unsafely hopped out of a vehicle directly behind the defendant’s vehicle, was not paying attention and was responsible for her own injuries. We successfully defeated these arguments by the defendants, demonstrating that the defendant driver was in the course and scope of his employment. We recovered for our client the full amount of the driver’s and the owner’s insurance policies and an additional $250,000 from the commercial insurance policy that covered the restaurant.
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$230,000 – Bicyclist Injured When Car Pulls Into Gas Station

Our bicycle accident attorney obtained a $230,000 settlement for our 62-year-old business executive client was riding his bike eastbound on San Vicente Boulevard just east of 26th Street in Santa Monica. The defendant driver was traveling eastbound in her Ford Mustang. The defendant abruptly attempted a right turn into a gas station at the corner, cutting off our client, who struck her car and flew over her hood, landing on the ground. Our client was not injured at the scene of the accident, got up and rode his bicycle home. Neither the police nor paramedics were called to the scene. One month later, our client had some right knee complaints and was examined by his doctor and had an MRI study. Two months later, our client sought a second opinion from another doctor. Our client had no other medical treatment and had only $2,500 in medical bills as a result of the accident. The MRI demonstrated a meniscus tear and a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture. We argued that although surgery was not required at that time, in the future our client may require a total knee replacement due to arthritis that would develop as a result of the injuries. The defendant disputed the medical contentions, stating that our client could not have been seriously injured from the accident since our client did not claim injury at the accident scene, rode his bike away and did not seek medical attention until one month after the accident. The defendant also argued our client was at fault for the accident because he was riding his bicycle too fast and not paying attention. The resulting settlement we obtained provided full and fair compensation for our client’s injuries.
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