Our office obtained two great trial results on behalf of NYC cyclists in the last two weeks.
First was an $80,000.00 verdict for a NYC cyclists who sustained a fractured Pinky, yes Pinky, and yes $80,000! After our office obtained Summary Judgment in this "dooring" crash case, our office convinced a jury to award $80,000.00, 4 times the pre-trial offer.
Following that, or office obtained another great trial result in Brooklyn. This case involved a cyclist forced to leave the bike lane due to an illegally parked vehicle. While attempting to re-enter the bike lane, he was sideswiped by the Defendant. The Defendant had N.Y.S. minimum insurance of $25,000.00 which the insurance company refused to offer. Our client had a significant injury and significant under-insurance coverage that would not be triggered until the $25,000.00 was paid. A pre-trial deal was negotiated. The deal required the Defendant to pay $1000 dollars for every percentage point the jury found them responsible for the crash. If the jury found the driver over 25%, the insurance company would pay the full policy of $25,000 allowing us to pursue the under-insurance claim. At the conclusion of the trial the jury found the Defendant well more than 25% responsible for the crash, thus paying the full $25,000.00 and allowing us to now pursue his under-insurance claim.
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much!