Attorneys John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria secured a $1.2 million settlement for the parents of a college student who died after being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in a designated crosswalk.
On May 27, 2016, 20-year-old Christelle Charles was crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in an easterly
a crosswalk at the Bingham Street intersection when she was struck by a driver
who crossed over into the outer drive (or local lanes) of the Boulevard using a
crossover located only 60 feet before the intersection at Bingham Street. While
proceeding through the crossover, the driver was looking behind and to his
right for traffic in the outer drive in order to merge over. As a result, he did
not see Charles crossing the Boulevard ahead of him in time, and his vehicle
Charles suffered severe head injuries and died the next day.
Accident reconstruction engineers were retained to establish liability against entities responsible for the roadway design where the crosswalk at Bingham Street was dangerously close to the express lane to local lanes crossover.
The case was hotly contested, with the defense relying
strongly on the fact that Charles was crossing on a red light.
In achieving the substantial recovery, Dodig and Daria
overcame the barrier of the striking driver having minimal insurance. Additionally,
they negotiated the settlement at a time when the courts were closed to jury
trials due to COVID and there was no pending trial date to incentivize the
defendants to settle.
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