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Jury sides with driver sued for hitting bicyclist

On June 20, a jury found a bicyclist mostly to blame for a crash with a car that she claimed was caused by the driver. In 2008, Laurel Welkey was biking in Houston. She claimed that she entered a crosswalk after Leslie Beckman came to a stop at a red light. Beckman unexpectedly pulled forward and tried to make a right turn, giving Welkey no time to avoid colliding with the side of her car, she claimed. Beckman said Welkey darted into the street and was the sole cause of the collision.

Welkey v. Beckman, No. 201014494

Court: 269th District Court, Harris County

Plaintiff’s Attorney: Sesha S. Kalapatapu, Houston

Defense Attorney: Clara Medina Toman, David Black & Associates, Houston

Jury awards woman for broken collarbone

On June 20, a jury awarded $21,346 to a woman who fractured her collarbone in an intersection crash. Alisha Nauls was a passenger in a car going through the intersection of the Interstate 45 service road and Rankin Road in Houston when she was in a collision with a car driven by Swaraj Mukherjee. She claimed he ran a red light. Nauls sustained a comminuted fracture of her collarbone and cervical strains. She claimed that she missed 250 hours of work.

Nauls v. Mukherjee, No. 201020278

Court: 295th District Court, Harris County

Plaintiff’s Attorney: John R. Millard, Law Office of John R. Millard, Sugar Land

Defense Attorneys: Ted E. Dravis Jr., Soule, Baldwin & Fanaff, Houston

Rear-ender ends in $50,000 settlement

A driver who claimed lumbar and cervical herniations in a rear-ender agreed to a $50,000 settlement on June 8. Eva Anderson claimed that she came to a stop behind a tractor-trailer that had slowed to make a turn when Harold Dotson failed to keep a proper lookout or control his speed and hit her. Anderson claimed a five- to six-mm herniation at L5-S1; a moderate to large herniation at L4-5; mild to moderate herniations at C3-4, C4-5 and C5-6; and a closed head injury.

Anderson v. Dotson, No. 2011-017

Court: 4th District Court, Rusk County

Plaintiff’s Attorney: Alan J. Robertson, Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm, Longview

Defense Attorney: Joshua M. Black, Herald, Farish, and Hughes, Longview

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