Long Beach Bus Accident Case Settled
You may remember reading about a Long Beach bus which crashed into a telephone pole in Lakewood last year. 6 people, including the bus driver were injured in the collision. The accident was caused by a pick-up truck turning in front of the bus.
I was finally able to settle my client's claim for $55,000. The claim was likely worth more than that, but regrettably, the truck owner only had a insurance policy with a maximum payout of $300,000. The $300,000 had to be divided up between all of the injured parties. Additionally, we did not feel the bus driver or the bus company had sufficient liability in the accident to warrant further litigation against either.
Fortunately for my client, I was able to negotiate dramatic reductions of my client's medical bills in order to get her a substantial recovery after this terrible accident which was not her fault.
The only way we could have recovered any more money is if my client had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in excess of the underlying policy. Many people have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage attached to their auto insurance policies. Normally that coverage is in a very small amount which is most commonly 30/60 coverage. This means the policy could pay up to $30,000 per person and $60,000 total per accident. Because those amounts are less than the 100/300 policy we were dealing with in this case, it would not benefit us at all.
I encourage anyone reading this to contact your insurance agent. First, make sure your auto liability policy has uninsured motorist coverage. Next, make sure that amount is at least as much as your liability coverage.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident, call a lawyer who can help:
Attorney Jeffrey Vallens (818) 783-5700 or (888) 764-4340 or
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my sites:
shermanoaksinjurylawfirm.com or www.thousandoaksinjurylawfirm.com