Style of Case: Tomi England v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Client: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Trial End Date: 2/27/2012
Court: Twentieth Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois
Type of Case: Uninsured Motorist Hit and Run
Judge: The Honorable Stephen McGlynn
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: Tori L. Walls
The plaintiff claimed that she was travelling on St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis when she was struck from behind by an unknown/hit-and-run vehicle, which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and ultimately crash. She made a claim for uninsured motorist benefits pursuant to her automobile insurance policy with State Farm. State Farm denied that it owed uninsured motorist benefits to the plaintiff on the grounds that there was no contact between the plaintiff’s vehicle and any unknown vehicle prior to her crashing. The only issue the jury had to decide was whether an unknown vehicle came into contact with the plaintiff’s vehicle prior to her crashing. Pursuant to the applicable policy, if the jury found there was such contact, then the plaintiff would be entitled to uninsured motorist benefits. If the jury found there was no contact, the plaintiff would not be entitled to uninsured motorist benefits.
The jury heard testimony from the plaintiff regarding her version of the accident as well as testimony from three independent witnesses who testified they never saw any other vehicles around the plaintiff’s vehicle prior to her crashing.
The jury returned a finding that the plaintiff’s vehicle was not struck by an unknown vehicle prior to her crashing, finding in favor of State Farm.
Last Demand: Not applicable
Verdict: Defense Verdict