Defective Cars And Other Causes Of Collisions
Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States. Automobile collisions result in injuries of all types and severities and victims need lawyers that are able to look at every potential cause of the collision to determine fault.
At The Brandi Law Firm, not only do we scrutinize the movements of the vehicle(s) involved, but we have significant experience in determining if a road feature or automotive defect contributed to the incident or worsened the injuries. We call our approach Man – Machine – Environment.
- Man – Was the collision solely caused by another driver or some individual’s act?
- Machine – Is there a defect in the vehicle that either caused the incident or increased the injuries to our client?
- Environment – Did a roadway in poor condition contribute to the incident?
Our lawyers take a detailed approach when it comes to examining all possible causes of an automobile incident. We have the experience and use the top experts in the nation to obtain the best results for our clients.
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The noteworthy case results described below include a variety of representative personal injury case outcomes. Some involved defective roadways and other causation factors of serious accidents.
Our Notable Successes
Family v. State of California – $29,277,391.12 verdict
Horrific crossover accident striking a car carrying a woman and three children under 12. Two of the children were killed and the third was paralyzed and suffered permanent brain damage. The jury found that the State should have placed a center median barrier on the road which would have prevented this accident.
Pedestrian v. Driver, State of California – $26.6 million verdict
Our client was struck while in the crosswalk by a vehicle that had the green light. Evidence at trial showed that the State of California did not provide enough time for pedestrians to cross the street legally. Our client suffered significant injuries including a permanent brain injury.
Passenger v. Engineering Company – $15.3 million verdict
Our teenage client was suffered severe brain injuries due to a defectively designed roadway.
Family v. City of San Francisco – $15 million verdict
We represented the families of an adult and four children under 7 years old who perished in a fire that was allowed to spread due to inadequate maintenance in a public housing unit in San Francisco.
Pedestrian v. Driver – $10.5 million
Our client was struck by a left-turning transport truck while within the crosswalk. He suffered massive injuries requiring multiple surgeries as well as a traumatic brain injury.
Husband and Wife v. State of California – $8.257 million
Our clients were struck by an uninsured motorist who crossed over a median on a California highway that we contended should have had a median barrier. Investigation revealed a significant accident history that called for a median barrier under California road design standards, but the State failed to install one and prevent this collision. Our client suffered significant orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury.
Parents v. City of San Francisco and State of California – $7.1 million
All three of the plaintiffs’ children (aged 11, 17 and 20) were killed when a tow truck catapulted off of a road next to a freeway in San Francisco and landed on the vehicle carrying the children, killing them instantly. After the lawsuit, the defendants fixed the roadway condition that caused the accident so that this never happens to another family.
Driver and Passenger v. State of California – $5.2 million
Couple was seriously injured by a crossover vehicle, and the State was liable due to the absence of a median barrier.
Truckdriver v. Truckdriver – $2.65 million
Our client was struck by a left-turning semi truck and was ejected from his cab, causing life threatening injuries. This policy limits settlement was hotly contested because the defendants claimed our client ran a red light.
Pedestrian v. Driver – $2.25 million
Mr. Pedestrian was struck while within a marked but uncontrolled crosswalk on Mission Street in Daly City, California. Our client suffered severe injuries including spinal fractures and a permanent moderate traumatic brain injury.
Pedestrian v. Private Bus Company – $2 million
Our client was struck while legally within a crosswalk in San Francisco. She was 64 years old at the time, legally blind, and was accompanied by a service dog. As a result of the impact, she suffered significant orthopedic injuries and permanent loss of taste and smell.
Motorcyclist v. Police Department – $2 million
Our client was stopped in traffic when she was rear-ended by an on-duty police officer, suffering significant spinal and hip injuries.
Husband and Wife v. Driver – $1.675 million
Settlement of a wrongful death of a 71-year-old wife and personal injuries to the surviving husband when their vehicle was struck by another car.
Passenger v. Taxi Driver and Taxi Company – $1.3 million
Ms. Passenger was seriously injured when the cab she was traveling in collided with a van in San Francisco.
Driver v. Driver – $1.1 million
Our client, an 81-year-old man, suffered significant orthopedic injuries after an automobile collision.
Pedestrian v. Private Bus Company – $1 million
Our 78-year-old client was within the crosswalk when he was struck by a bus and suffered orthopedic and internal injuries.
Pedestrian v. Bus Public Entity – $751,000
Our 63-year-old client was walking within the crosswalk south of Market Street in San Francisco when she was struck and dragged by a left-turning bus. The defendants contended that she entered the crosswalk on the “Don’t Walk” and that her injuries were a result of prior medical issues. We used expert testimony to debunk defendant’s claims.
Pedestrian v. Bus Public Entity – $650,000
Our client was in the crosswalk in the San Francisco Financial District when she was struck by a right-turning bus. Defendants alleged that she jaywalked and the onboard video showed her out of the crosswalk at impact. She suffered a fractured skull and permanent traumatic brain injuries.
Passenger v. Driver – $650,000
Our 89-year-old client was involved in a motor vehicle accident that broke her legs and sternum and dislocated her shoulder.