$11.75 Million Settlement At Trial – Farm Worker Injured In A Left-Turn Collision
Farm workers in a Daihatsu vehicle making a left turn at dawn on their way to work were struck by a pick-up truck in rural San Joaquin County. The CHP officer investigating the accident determined that the collision was caused by the farm worker driver. The insurance company for the driver of the pick-up truck had a minimum insurance policy of only $25,000. The insurer, Farmers Insurance, refused to pay the driver’s insurance policy limits because they were convinced that the farm workers from Mexico were the cause of the collision. Our accident reconstruction experts testified that the pick-up driver had been speeding, was inattentive and was a cause of the accident. Our client was an 18-year-old passenger who received a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the collision. At trial, we achieved a settlement valued at $11,750,000 from a Farmers Insurance Company. We proved that Farmers Insurance had acted in Bad Faith by refusing to pay their minimum insurance policy limits. The funds have been placed in an annuity providing lifetime payments for medical and living expenses for our client.