$100,000: Unsafe Lane Change Leads to Auto V. Motorcycle Collision

CASE DESCRIPTION: On or around 6:50 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2011, Gabriel S. was traveling to work on a blue 2009 Kawasaki EX 250F. Gabriel was heading westbound on Interstate 10 in the #1 lane at approximately 40 to 45 mph west of Azusa Avenue. Around this time, Gabriel was traveling slightly behind and to the left of defendant driver, Teresa L. in the #2 lane. Teresa was driving a silver 2001 Toyota Highlander. As traffic in the #2 lane slowed, Teresa made an unsafe lane change into the #1 lane cutting off Gabriel and causing him to impact the rear of her truck. The motorcycle fell and ejected Gabriel onto the roadway. Gabriel was transported by helicopter to Los Angeles County USC Department of Emergency Medicine.

RESULTS: $100,000

DATE OF SETTLEMENT: December 20, 2012

INJURIES: Left femur fracture requiring ORIF surgery; Left medial collateral ligament tear (MCL tear grade 3); Left pneumothorax; Spleen laceration; Hemangioma within T11vertebral body

TYPE OF CASE: Auto v. Motorcycle

DATE & LOCATION OF INCIDENT: December 5, 2011 Interstate 10 west of Azusa Avenue, West Covina, CA

PLAINTIFF’S AGE: 24 at time of incident

OCCUPATION: Dispatcher with the Baldwin Park Unified School District.

Michael A. Penn, Esq.
3 MacArthur Place, Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 434-1424

State Farm Insurance Company
Attn: Lisa Holmgren
P.O. Box 52289
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2289