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, 2016

May 10, 2016

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