Case Results

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$5 Million: Personal Injury Settlement, Van vs. 18-Wheeler Accident

Case/number: Maria Cojuangco, et al., v. MXI Maumee Express/CV-266-383 (consolidated)

This case, which arose from collision between a rented van and an 18-wheeler, involved multiple medical and technical experts.

These are the facts: The plaintiffs, all members of the Cojuangco family, were injured when their rented van was struck by a commercial truck along the Grapevine. The plaintiffs are nationals of the Philippines and were in California on vacation and were driving to the Bay Area following a brief Disneyland vacation.

The plaintiffs' contentions: The plaintiffs contended that the truck's brakes were not in safe operating order.

The defendant's contentions: The defendant contended that there was no negligence on behalf of the truck driver and that the truck was safe. The defendant also contended comparative fault, alleging that the seriously injured plaintiffs were not wearing seat belts.

The injuries: Maria Cojuangco, age 47, suffered a compression fracture of T3 and burst fracture at T4. Pedro Cojuangco, age 82, suffered a probable fracture of lamina at C5. Sari Cojuangco, age 75, suffered T5 vertebral body fracture. Other occupants of the van suffered soft tissue injuries or emotional distress.

Result: The case was settled for $5 million.