(Newswire.net — June 16, 2016) Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — Attorneys from the Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat, APC, reached a $1.25 million insurance settlement for the wrongful death of a motorcyclist who was fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver.
The deadly accident was reported at 6:18 a.m. on July 28, 2015. The victim was a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran. The biker was commuting to work on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. The collision occurred on the southbound side of the freeway near the Mulholland Drive overpass. On the day of the accident, she was struck by a 17-year-old driver who fled the scene.
According to the accident report, the teen driver crossed the solid yellow lines and veered into the HOV lane. The collision forced the motorcycle into the median barrier and threw her off the bike. The victim was transported to a nearby trauma center where she was treated for several days before her death.
Motorists who witnessed the accident provided a description of the driver’s vehicle as well as a license plate number. Using this information, investigators tracked down the teen five hours later and arrested him on felony criminal charges. According the the traffic collision report, the teen attempted to mislead members of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) by claiming that the motorcyclist had hit him and is alleged to have fabricated “evidence” by intentionally causing damage to the side of his vehicle to make it appear that he had been hit.
To protect the rights of the victim’s family, attorneys from the Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat hired a private investigator to locate a key witness and to obtain a statement confirming the actions of the at-fault driver. According to the witness, the car did, in fact, veer across the double-yellow line before striking the motorcyclist. An analysis of the CHP report and a follow-up investigation confirmed these facts and led to a decision in favor of the rider.
Using this information, accident attorneys at Steven M. Sweat, APC and Alderlaw, P.C. filed a wrongful death lawsuit demanding that the insurance company pay the victim’s family the maximum amount under the teen’s insurance policy. Nearly one year later, the insurance company for the at-fault driver agreed to pay the full policy limits of insurance in the sum of $1.25 million.
Unfortunately, no amount of money can replace a precious family member or a courageous person who served their country. However, personal injury lawyers can find the truth and provide closure to family members. A financial recovery offers some consolation for the loss of companionship and love. It can also pay for medical bills and for the pain and suffering that accident victims experience due to the negligence and carelessness of other drivers.
About Steven M. Sweat, APC
Car accident attorney and personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles California. Serving victims of motor vehicle accidents in seeking compensation for bodily harm or wrongful death caused by negligence or wrongdoing.
Steven M. Sweat, APC5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 450
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA 90036