Trucking Accident Case Results
We think results speak louder than words and just a few examples of our results in truck cases, include:
In 2019, Arash Homampour pursued this very difficult product liability case with the Law Offices of David Greenberg and against Defendant Daimler Trucks North America.
Defendant’s 2009 Freightliner Columbia tractor trailer was designed and equipped with two 100-gallon side-mounted Diesel fuel tanks. Decedent was driving the truck when, for reasons unknown, she veered off the I-710 and collided with a tree. Decedent survived the initial impact. However, the exposed side-mounted fuel tank on the driver’s side was pierced by the truck’s axle during the impact, causing Diesel fuel to spray out of the tank and erupt into flames. Decedent burned to death in an otherwise survivable crash due to the post-collision, fuel-fed fire. More details on this verdict can be found here.
Record Setting $30 million wrongful death verdict in Ventura
Another example of Arash’s ability to get outlier, record setting results in righteous cases. In March 2019, we obtained a $30 million jury verdict for the wrongful death of a beautiful young girl in Ventura County (an ultra conservative jurisdiction and with Spanish speaking parent Plaintiffs.) Defendant Trucking Company and its Insurance company refused to pay our repeated demands for their $1 million in policy limits.
In 2007, Arash Homampour obtained a $7 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case in Simi Valley (the verdict was later reduced by the Court on remittitur) for a Plaintiff whose husband of one year died. The Defendant Truck Company’s employee illegally parked a big rig truck on the shoulder of the freeway in order to sleep. Another vehicle in which the Plaintiff’s husband was a passenger, veered off the freeway onto to the shoulder, and collided with the rear of Defendant’s illegally parked big rig. Plaintiff’s husband was killed instantly.
The plaintiff was non-English speaking and testified through a Spanish interpreter. Plaintiff sought only non-economic damages. Prior to the trial the defendant Truck Company rejected Plaintiff’s offer to settle for $500,000. More details on this verdict can be found here.
In April 2017 Attorneys Arash Homampour and Scott Boyer settled a particularly tough Auto versus Truck case for $4.5 million against the City of Los Angeles. We alleged that the City’s truck was illegally and dangerously stopped in the middle of the road. Having collided with the back of a semi-truck operated by the City’s Street Services, plaintiff incurred significant injuries resulting in great mental and physical pain and suffering.
The city contended that their employee had followed all the correct procedures for warning oncoming traffic of a stopped vehicle, including the fact that the semi-truck’s emergency lights had been activated before the collision occurred. Additionally, the City argued that the plaintiff was driving in excess of the speed limit, contributing significantly to his injuries.
Through aggressive litigation the Homampour team were able to show that regardless of plaintiff’s excessive speed, the City employee had indeed negligently operated parked the semi-truck when delivering equipment to a city work project, resulting in the City settling before trial for $4.5 million.
In 2012, Arash obtained a $3.5 million verdict in a wrongful death case in Federal Court. The case involved a truck driver that ran over and killed a young girl on her bike. The investigating officer found (erroneously) that the young girl was totally at fault. Again, another attorney brought our firm in, but this time to take the case to trial. Even though strong evidence in the form of surveillance video showed that the driver was at least partially at fault, the insurance company refused to pay a reasonable settlement.
This was a particularly difficult case because it was tried in Federal Court, the young girls parents testified through Spanish interpreters, and there was evidence that the young girl rode her bike from the sidewalk into the crosswalk against a flashing red pedestrian signal. Many attorneys are afraid of Federal Court and its strict procedures, harsh restrictions on jury selection and unanimous verdict requirement. But, not Arash, as he was successful in convincing a Federal jury which unanimously found that the truck driver could and should have avoided the collision and that a beautiful precious young life was needlessly taken.
The jury awarded $3.5 million or more than 10 times what the insurance company offered to settle during trial.
In 2017, Attorneys Arash Homampour and Armine Safarian obtained a $2,800,000 settlement in a case where a couple was traveling southbound on US 93 when they attempted to pass a truck driven by the Defendant which was owned by the Defendant’s employer. After entering the northbound lane, the Plaintiffs collided head on with another Plaintiff, who was traveling northbound on US 93. Two of the Plaintiffs sustained fatal injuries. The other Plaintiff sustained serious injuries.
The Homampour team were able to settle with the Defendants for $2.8 million. Although this allowed the Homampour team to secure a sizable figure for the Plaintiffs, it can not replace the loss of a husband and father. More details on this result can be found here.
In 2008, Arash Homampour obtained a $1,500,000 settlement (which were Defendants’ policy limits) in a case where a mother was driving on the freeway, when she lost control of her vehicle, hit the center divider, and rebounded into the path of Defendants’ truck. Unfortunately, she died and we successfully argued that Defendant driver as a professional truck driver had a duty to anticipate hazards on the freeways and that he had enough time to perceive, react and avoid the collision. More details on this result can be found here.
In 2009, Arash Homampour obtained a $1,000,000 settlement (which were Defendants’ policy limits) in a case where a father was driving down the freeway, lost control for reasons unknown and crossed over into the path of a truck. The driver died. It was determined that the Defendant truck driver had methamphetamines in his system. Even though Defendant’s insurance company contended that there was nothing the driver could do to avoid the collision, we were successful in showing that the truck driver was potentially impaired and could have avoided the collision.
We have also confidentially resolved many claims involving truckers for their policy limits, even where liability seems difficult or there is considerable evidence of comparative negligence of the injured party or decedent. Our attorneys immediately begin building your case, preserving and examining evidence for the strongest claim possible. We are accomplished trial lawyers who will take all necessary steps to obtain fair and full compensation for your injuries.
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We also can handle complex cases via attorney referral.