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 before the crash. He alleged 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 an accident and they both did everything they could to avoid the hazards in the roadway.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – John Oswald
Defense Counsel – Tyler Staggs (Kraztz) and Eric Shilling (Lightle)
Verdict – Defense Verdict
Date – May 4, 2016May 10, 2016