$168,021.42 Multi-Car Accident Verdict

Swanson v. USAA and Warlick, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV24478

Plaintiff Swanson was driving eastbound on SE Stark Street.  Defendant Warlick and an uninsured motorist were driving Westbound.  Warlick and the uninsured motorist collided causing the uninsured motorist to come into Swanson’s lane and cause a collision.  Swanson claimed that both drivers were negligent in causing the crash.  She brought a negligence claim against Warlick as well as an uninsured motorist (UM) claim against her own insurance carrier – USAA.  She also brought an underinsured motorist (UIM) claim against USAA due to Warlick having insufficient policy limits.  Swanson alleged that the collision caused her a fragmented wrist fracture that may be permanent and required surgical repairs.  She sought $68,021.42 for past medical expenses and $650,000 for non-economic damages.  Swanson also sought reasonable attorney’s fees under ORS 742.061.

Warlick alleged that the crash was the fault of the uninsured driver.  USAA alleged that the crash was Warlick’s fault.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Devin Robinson & Colin Scott

Defense Counsel – Simon Harding & Ronald Webster

Verdict – $168,021.42 (90% attributed to the uninsured driver)

Date –  February 22, 2019

May 10, 2019

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