Real Examples of Encinitas Car Accidents and Settlement Amounts

Motorcycle Accident

Facts: Mr. G was a 31-year-old husband and father of two young children who resides in Encinitas. At the time of his accident, Mr. G was riding his motorcycle from his home in Encinitas to his office located. He was traveling south in the number one lane of South El Camino Real and was stopped at a red light at the intersection with Manchester Avenue, when he was rear ended by a 2006 Honda Accord, throwing him off his bike and onto the roadway.

Injuries: Immediately following the accident, Mr. G was transported to Scripps Encinitas and was complaining of pain in his right knee and left wrist. There was no fracture noted in the knee, but the wrist x-ray revealed a chip fracture. Mr. G was discharged from the hospital with a splint to his wrist and a knee immobilizer to his right knee. Over the following months knee pain persisted and an MRI was performed revealing a meniscus tear.

Settlement: $105,139.00


T-Bone Accident

Facts: 83-year-old Mr. E was injured in Encinitas, California when he was the belted passenger in his wife's 2008 Saturn Vue. The car was travelling eastbound on Leucadia Boulevard when the defendant, driving a Honda Accord, ran a red light at the intersection of El Camino Real. The impact was at full speed and caused the Honda to spin completely around. Airbags deployed.

Injuries: Mr. E was seriously banged up in the accident and had a serious of soft tissue injuries. Most concerning was the ongoing pain and weakness in his right shoulder, where an MRI revealed a rotator cuff tear. Mr. E wanted to avoid surgery, so completed several rounds of physical therapy and decided to live his life with a weakened shoulder.

Settlement: $66,000.00


Rear-End Accident

Facts: Ms. H’s injuries occurred when she was travelling southbound in the number one lane on I-5 in Encinitas, California, driving her Ford Taurus. She was travelling at approximately 50 mph and slowing for the traffic in front of her when she heard a loud crash and was then hit from behind. According to the police report, the defendant was travelling at approximately 75 mph in the number one lane - two cars back from Ms. H. Due to her speed, she was unable to stop for the traffic slowing in front of her and she collided with the car in front of her. This car, in turn, was slammed forward into Ms. H’s vehicle. Ms. H's vehicle was towed from the scene and deemed a total loss.

Injuries: The day after the accident, Ms. H presented to the Emergency Room of Tri-City Medical Center for evaluation of her left hip pain, left lower back pain, and right neck pain. She described her pain as worse with movement and stated that her hip snaps or “clicks” as she walks. She rated the pain in her hip and neck as nine out of ten upon admission. Her low back pain was rated at seven out of ten. While her back pain subsided over the next few weeks, her hip pain did not. Approximately six months post-accident she required pain relieving injections into her hip.

Settlement: $50,000.00 (policy limits)

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