Sideswipe Automobile Accident

Style of Case: Chapman v. Razeghi
Client:    Emily Razeghi
Trial End Date:    8/13/2012
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County
Type of Case:    Sideswipe Automobile Accident
Judge:    The Honorable Thomas Chapman
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Joshua N. Severit
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff and defendant were traveling in the same direction on Collinsville Crossing Road in Collinsville, Illinois when their vehicles made contact. Defendant was in the left lane and plaintiff in the right lane. Defendant claimed plaintiff changed lanes into his vehicle as he began to enter the center turn lane. Plaintiff claimed defendant lost control of his vehicle in the snow and slid from the left lane into the right lane. Both vehicles incurred minimal damage. Plaintiff refused medical treatment at the scene but went to the emergency room the following day. Thereafter, he treated with a chiropractor for almost three months. Plaintiff claimed injuries to his neck and low back. His medical bills and lost wages totaled $7,529.18.

Defendant rejected the mandatory arbitration award returned for plaintiff in the amount of $20,000 and proceeded to trial by jury. The jury found plaintiff’s contributory negligence was 49% the proximate cause of the accident and returned a net verdict for $4,063.00.

Last Demand:     None
Verdict:     $4,063.00