A jury recently found the city of Los Angeles primarily responsible for
a fatal collision that occurred three years ago.
Three years ago, a
was killed after hitting a car that had inched from a site street into traffic in
the Los Angeles community of San Pedro. Yesterday, a jury ruled that the
city of Los Angeles was responsible for the fatality because the intersection
was dangerous by design. The motorcyclist's widow and young son were
awarded $23.7 million.
This is a “significant judgment against the city,” commented
an attorney involved in the case, adding that it was likely so large because
the plaintiff's attorneys were able to show that city officials planned
on modifying the intersection to improve visibility twice, in 2001 and
2009, demonstrating that the city knew about the inherent dangers of the
According to that same attorney, San Pedro residents had been complaining
about that intersection for years, calling it a “blind corner”
that the city did nothing to remedy. Drivers waiting on Cabrillo to turn
left onto Summerland had a difficult time seeing if it was safe to turn,
given the many cars parked on the street and a hill impeding visibility.
In the end, the jury agreed, finding the city 95% liable for the motorcyclist's death.
Domina Law Group is no stranger to litigation involving municipalities,
and even the state of Nebraska. No adversary is too large for the trial
lawyers at Domina Law Group, so we invite you to
get in touch with our law firm today if you or a loved one was involved in this type of accident.