PERSONAL INJURY: CAR ACCIDENTS
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You are on your way home early from work, it is a beautiful afternoon, you are stopped at a traffic light thinking about what you will do with the extra few hours � maybe go for a walk, or catch up on some reading � and suddenly that awful sound of screeching tires. Before you can react, your car is slammed into from behind, your body�s thrown back and forth, and through the shock you realize you have been in a car accident.
Car accidents unfortunately are a fact of modern life. A car accident often bring injuries, pain, disability, hassles, and money worries. At worst, a car accident can bring death.
A t the Serrano Law Firm, we know what it is like for you to be injured in a car crash because over 25 years combined experience helping clients get back on their feet after they have been hurt in a collision.
Our experi ence has given us a pretty good idea of how an insurance company looks at a car accident claim and how courts and juries look at a personal injury car accident case.
We will use this experience and our skill and determination to get you what you deserve for your car accident case from all available sources.
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What If. Commonly Encountered Car Accident Situations
Arnold v. Moriarty In a car accident personal injury case in which the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff but awarded zero damages, the court property instructed the jury to use the verdict for the defendant form.
Anastasia v. General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin The trial court properly held in a motor vehicle accident personal injury case that an insurer is entitled to a reduction of its limits of liability for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage by an amount equal to the sum of punitive damages paid to the insured.
Marques v. Allstate Insurance Co. In a personal injury motor vehicle accident case, an injured person who was awarded $20,000 in an arbitration involving the driver at fault could not make a claim against the underinsured motorist provision of his own automobile insurance policy, which had a limit of $20,000, because the amount of money he was entitled to had been determined by the arbitrator, resulting in collateral estoppel.
Kumah v. Brown In a personal injury case involving a car that hit a town�s fire truck blocking an interstate highway at an accident scene, the town could be held liable in nuisance for the injuries suffered by the driver of the car even though the state and not the town was responsible for maintaining the highway in good condition.
Cima v. Sciaretta In a personal injury case involving a car accident, the court correctly ruled that because the owner of the vehicle had provided the vehicle for his son�s use and the son had given a friend permission to drive the vehicle while the son rode as a passenger, the vehicle�s owner was liable for injuries caused by the friend�s negligence in going through a stop sign.
Sic v. Nunan A driver who is lawfully stopped in his own lane of travel waiting to turn left is not required to keep his wheels straight to avoid being sent into oncoming traffic if he is struck from behind. If such a driver is struck from behind and gets sent into an oncoming car because his wheels were turned left, the driver or passengers in the oncoming car cannot bring a personal injury lawsuit against him for not having his wheels straight before the accident.
Fiallo v. Allstate Insurance Co. In a car accident personal injury case involving a claim for underinsured benefits, the plaintiff could not amend the complaint after the jury�s verdict was accepted by the court in order to allege bad faith on the part of the insurance company.
Jarmie v. Troncale A doctor who fails to warn a patient with a medical problem that may cause the patient to black out cannot be sued for medical malpractice or for negligence by someone who suffers personal injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by the patient blacking out while driving.
Garcia v. Bridgeport The uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage provided by the self-insured City of Bridgeport was the minimum amount required by Connecticut automobile insurance law and did not have to match the amount provided by the City for personal injury liability for motor vehicle accidents caused by its employees.
Koutsoukos v. Toyota Motor Sales An automobile accident reconstruction expert would be necessary to go forward with a personal injury, fatal accident lawsuit based on the theory that an airbag should have deployed.
New London County Mut. Ins. Co. v. Bialobrodec A homeowner�s insurance policy would not cover a personal injury claim for a fatal motorcycle accident on the theory that the homeowners negligently supervised their son who entrusted the motorcycle to the decedent, who crashed it and died in the accident, because the policy specifically excluded coverage for bodily injury due to the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle.
Stott v. Peerless Ins. Co. The plaintiff, who was seriously injured in a car crash, could not recover underinsured motorist benefits under her parent�s automobile insurance policy for her personal injury claim because the policy excluded insurance coverage for persons in the household, such as the plaintiff, who had their own vehicle and automobile insurance.
LaPlante v. Vasquez In a dram shop personal injury claim against a bar which served liquor to the defendant who caused a motor vehicle accident while driving drunk (DUI) in which the plaintiff was severely injured, the court properly reduced the jury verdict of $4.2 million to the dram shop limit of $250,000 and properly allowed prejudgment interest to be added in excess of the limit.
Johnson v. Pike In an automobile accident personal injury case, the trial court properly upheld a jury verdict of close to $86,000 even though the medical bills from the accident were less than $2000.
Byrd v. Ortiz In a personal injury car accident case, a passenger who suffered serious injuries was allowed to sue her automobile insurance agent in negligence for failing to explain uninsured / underinsured motorist insurance, to explain the consequences of not having enough uninsured / underinsured insurance, and to recommend a proper amount of such insurance.
Wisniewski v. Darien The driver and passenger in a car could win a personal injury lawsuit against a town when they were injured by a tree limb falling onto their car.
Himmelstein v. Windsor A bicyclist who suffered a personal injury in an accident when he hit a radar sign placed by the Town of Windsor on a State highway (Route 159) should have sued the State of Connecticut and not the town because on State highways the State has the duty to keep the roadways safe for travel. The court stated that the way in which a hazard is created does not matter in a case brought under the Connecticut statute for accidents on State maintained streets, roads, bridges and sidewalks; what matters is that the hazard exists, causing a personal injury.
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