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Motorcyclist's lawyers win his case after he sustained injuries as a result of an accident with a pickup truck in Riverside, California
Accident Type:Motorcycle Accident
Incident Date:Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Result Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009
On August 11, 2004 Daniel McGettigan, a 40-year-old service manager for a car dealership, was riding his motorcycle when he crashed into a truck that Raul Nunez, a salesperson for I-10 Toyota, was showing to prospective customers. Nunez was turning the truck left onto the roadway that McGettigan was driving on, resulting in the accident. McGettigan was driven to an emergency room, where he was found to have multiple contusions. Subsequent MRI's showed problems in the lumbar spine and cervical discs. He underwent extensive physical therapy, chriopractic treatment, and pain control therapy. He claiemd to have a consistent burning pain and tenderness in his back, which was disabling. McGettigan decided to sue Nunez, I-10 Toyota, and its parent company, C&M Motors, LLC. He argued that Nunez was negligent in driving the vehicle, and that his employers were liable. Nunez claimed that he had stopped in the westbound lane of the roadway, and that McGettigan should have seen him and avoided the collision. McGettigan claimed to have a brain injury which resulted in depression and aberrant behavior. His wife left him shortly after the accident, and settled a loss of consortium claim for $12,500. Utlimately, the jury sided with McGettigan and his lawyers, awarding him $890,000. Nunez and his employers were found 100% liable.