Trial Attorney: Lawrence J. Buchman (Nassau County)
Larry Buchman of Pillinger Miller Tarallo represented a defendant driver in a civil case for personal injuries who had pled guilty to DWI and vehicular assault in the accident. The pedestrian plaintiff was demanding a mid six-figure amount over our client’s insurance which was lowered to $150,000 at jury selection.
The essential evidence was that our driver was driving under the speed limit in the middle lane of a Nassau County highway when the pedestrian staggered into the car’s path over 100 feet from the closest crosswalk. The jury came back with an 80% verdict against the plaintiff pedestrian who had a blood alcohol level two times higher than our defendant driver and the pedestrian crossed a six lane highway while “jay-staggering or jay-stumbling.”
Prior to receiving the verdict, the plaintiff accepted a nominal four-figure amount of money over the policy for settlement.
Trial Attorney: Christopher G. Todd (Kings County)
In this case, Plaintiff was struck in a crosswalk by a driver who ran a red light and fled the scene. The impact threw Plaintiff into the side of our client’s car, which was legally turning left in front of Plaintiff.
Plaintiff sued our clients only, and did not attempt to identify the fleeing driver, nor pursue an MVAIC claim. Our pre-trial investigation was crucial in identifying and garnering the cooperation of a non-party witness who provided critical testimony at trial. At trial, there was a unanimous defense verdict.
Trial Attorney: Robert J. Gironda (Richmond County)
In this case, the insured driver stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection when she was struck on the driver’s side rear quarter panel by the front of Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff was proceeding straight without any traffic control devices.
Plaintiff suffered from a left shoulder injury, requiring two surgeries. It was argued that Plaintiff’s injuries were not causally related to this motor vehicle accident, as there were gaps in the treatment along with MRI’s that were negative for dislocation.
At trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the insured Defendants, finding that the Plaintiff did not suffer a serious injury as defined by NYS Insurance Law 5102(d).