Failure to Yield Car Crash Ends With $1.75 Million Settlement

Gwendolyn Abasta was driving to an intersection when the traffic light turned yellow. Jose Alvarado was traveling in the opposite direction and turned left in front of Abasta’s car, which resulted in their collision.

Abasta struck her right knee against the dashboard and was thrown into the air bag. Abasta required emergency knee surgery and was treated for disk herniations, broken ribs and other injuries. She required four additional knee surgeries over the following three years plus epidural spinal injections. Her medical expenses alone were $460,000.

Abasta filed a lawsuit against Texas Automobile Leasing Inc. claiming that Alvarado was driving in the scope of his employment when this crash occurred. Therefore, Abasta sued the employer of the driver, claiming that employment relationship and agency. The defendant argued that the plaintiff ran a red light that caused the crash. Before trial, the parties settled the case for $1,750,000.

The attorneys representing Gwendolyn Abasta were Candice S. Klein, Thomas A. Schultz, Sherwin S. Arzani and Omid O. Naimi.

Abasta v. Texas Auto Leasing, Inc., No. BC 509020 (Cal. Super. Ct. Los Angeles County, Dec. 18, 2014).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling intersection automobile crashes, truck accident cases, motorcycle accident cases, bicycle accident cases and pedestrian accident cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Vernon Hills, Schaumburg, University Park, Monee, Chicago Heights, Homewood, Hazelcrest, East Hazelcrest, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Orland Park, Lockport, Lemont, Romeoville, Willow Springs, Palos Hills, Woodridge and Darien, Ill.

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