Three Car Crash Defense Verdict

Schaffer v. Kraztz and Lightle, Multnomah County Case No. 1310-14942

Plaintiff Schaffer was a passenger in a vehicle driven by defendant Kraztz.  Kraztz was driving westbound on I-84 when he crested a hill with traffic backed up behind it from a prior crash.  He attempted to take evasive action by turning right onto an exit ramp.  In doing so, he and a vehicle driven by defendant Lightle collided. Schaffer alleged that both drivers were negligent.  Schaffer had low back surgery four months prior to the crash. He alleged that that the crash caused a recurrent low back disc herniation.  He sought $24,981.64 for past medical expenses and $100,000 for non-economic damages.

Both defendants argued that the crash was simply an accident and they both did everything they could to avoid the sudden hazards in the roadway.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – John Oswald

Defense Counsel – Tyler Staggs (Kraztz) and Eric Shilling (Lightle)

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – May 4, 2016

May 10, 2016

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