Motorcyclist Who Rear Ended Van Receives $187,000.00 From Jury

Defendant motorist suddenly pulls into carpool lane to avoid collision with vehicle in front of him; cuts off motorcyclist in the carpool lane, who then rear ends defendant.  Defendant claims comparative fault by plaintiff, contests injuries, makes low offer to settle the case.  The jury found the defendant 100 percent at fault and awarded $187,000 in damages.  For a full report see Jury Verdict Alert.

Injuries and Other Damages

  • Physical Injuries claimed by Plaintiff:2-3mm C6-7 disc bulge. Physical therapy and 2 EPSI injections. Traumatic arthritis of the wrist resulting in surgery.

Special Damages

  • Special Damages Claimed – Past Medical: Per plaintiff’s counsel: $80,000. Per defense counsel: past medical bills claimed by plaintiff were $110,974 and the defense conceded reasonable past meds of $52,000.
  • Special Damages Claimed – Future Medical: Per plaintiff’s counsel: $20,000. Per defense counsel: $100,000

Demands and Offers

  • Plaintiff §998 Demand: $100,000
  • Defendant §998 Offer: $25,000 Per defense counsel: Defendant’s 998 was served pre-hand surgery, which occurred on June 6, 2013 and specials for which were not presented until the eve of trial. Reasonable medical specials at time of defendant’s 998 offer were $30,000.

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