Property Damage-Auto; Contributory Negligence

Style of Case: Charles and Celeste Brinker v. Larry Shelton
Client:    Larry Shelton
Trial End Date:   9/23/2008
Court:    20th Judicial Circuit Court, St. Clair County
Type of Case:    Property Damage-Auto; Contributory Negligence
Judge:    The Honorable Ellen Dauber
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Michael C. Hobin
Jury Verdict

Plaintiffs alleged they sustained property damage as a result of defendant’s vehicular negligence. Specifically, plaintiff alleged he was traveling west bound and defendant eastbound when defendant took a left turn in front of plaintiffs’ vehicle after passing over two solid yellow lines and across three adverse lanes of traffic. Defendant alleged plaintiff failed to keep a proper and sufficient lookout thereby contributing to cause the collision. Plaintiff submitted an estimate for $2,355.33 in property damages. The jury found for plaintiffs, but reduced their finding of $2,355.33 in damages by 30% for a final verdict of $1,648.73.

Last Demand:    $2,355.33
Verdict:    For plaintiff with finding of 30 % contributory negligence; Net verdict $1648.73