School Bus Crash Verdict

Gomora v. Hillsboro School District 1J, Multnomah County Case No. 15CV09462

Plaintiff Gomora alleged that she was stopped at a stop sign facing north on SW Dennis Avenue. She claimed that a Defendant Hillsboro School District 1J school bus was heading westbound on SW Main when the driver took a left turn onto SW Dennis Avenue and struck her stationary car.  She alleged that the driver then left the scene of the crash without stopping.  She claimed that the collision caused her injuries to her neck and back including a herniated disc at L4-L5. She sought $47,070.93 for past medical expenses, $100,000 for future medical expenses, $2,500 for lost wages and $500,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Hillsboro School District 1J denied that any crash happened between their vehicle and Gomora’s. They indicated that no school bus with any similar damage was located, that no yellow paint was transferred onto Gomora’s car and that any damage to it was minimal and surrounded by other unrelated damage. They also alleged comparative negligence due to Gomora stopping across the stop line.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Willard Merkel

Defense Counsel – Kimberlee Morrow and Jason Poss

Verdict – $258,300.00 ($287,000 minus 10% for comparative negligence)

Date – April 21, 2016

April 28, 2016

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