Managing Partner Samer Habbas secured a policy limit settlement of $2,250,000.00 for a motorcyclist injured in Los Angeles, California. Our client was travelling on Vermont Ave. heading towards Beverly with no traffic controls when the defendant made a left hand turn directly into his pathway. Due to the short distance between them, he was unable to avoid the crash and collided into the defendant’s vehicle. The impact resulted in a tibial shaft fracture. Unfortunately, our client required multiple leg surgeries as a result of the fracture he sustained.Samer was retained by the client to represent his interests. The case had some hurdles. Our client did not have a motorcycle license and had been involved in multiple prior crashes this year involving a motorcycle. The adverse insurance company immediately wanted to pounce on this data to paint a picture that our client was unsafely riding his motorcycle.
Samer immediately investigated the crash. Based on a site inspection, it was discovered that there was a nearby business that had a video recording system. Although the crash itself was not caught on camera, the events leading up to it played a critical role in determining fault. The video showed the defendant come to a stop at a stop sign but not wait for traffic, including our client to clear before initiating the turn. It was then argued that it was this illegal left turn that 100% caused the collision and no other factors including the lack of a motorcycle license and prior collisions played a role.
Due to the severity of our client’s injuries, the next step was to determine the defendant’s policy limits. The defendant carried a $250,000.00 bodily injury policy but also had a $2,000,000.00 umbrella policy. A demand was made for the combined limits of $2,250,000.00. At first, the carrier refused to pay the limits. Samer sued the defendants without hesitation. The carrier then promptly paid its full insurance limits.
Throughout the years, our firm has built a reputation with the insurance carriers that we will fight til the very end. The carrier knew that we would take the case to trial if they did not tender their full policy limits. Having an experienced litigation attorney who has gone to jury trials is a very important factor when selecting an attorney. If you, or a loved one, are injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates to pursue just compensation.