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Managing Partner, Samer Habbas, of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates secured a settlement for $3,450,000 for a motorcyclist, who was struck by a motorist. Our client was traveling through streets, with no traffic controls, when a motorist, with a stop sign, attempted to make a left hand turn directly in front of him. Unable to stop in time, our client t-boned the motorist. Our client was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and was diagnosed with a tibial plateau fracture, which resulted in surgery.
Shortly after the collision, Habbas’ team underwent a thorough investigation. It was discovered that the at-fault driver had been operating his personal vehicle while within the course and scope of his employment with his company. Habbas then pursued action against both the motorist and the company, for the damages sustained by our client.
is important to establish whether an at-fault party may have been on the job at the time of an accident. Sometimes it’s not as obvious as seeing a decal or some type of promotional material on the vehicle. Drivers may be operating for their company perfIt orming simple tasks. When they do so, the company is liable for that person’s negligent acts and must pay the damages sustained by the injured party. In legalese, this is a concept called “vicarious liability”, or respondent superior. By identifying the employer, we were able to identify a multi-million dollar insurance policy, which was available to pay for our client’s serious injuries.
A lawsuit was filed in the Orange County Superior Court. The parties were ordered by the Court to attend mediation. The matter was not resolved at mediation, as we walked away from a seven-figure offer from the defense. We had every intention to take this matter to the jury. As the trial date approached, the defense significantly increased its offer and settled for a total of $3,450,000. If you, or a loved one, are injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates to pursue just compensation.