Tye Smith from our Oklahoma City office tried a case to a jury in Kay County this week where the defendant was Kay County. A county employee was driving a large bucket truck down a city street after clearing snow when the employee decided to make a left turn without checking behind him to see if anyone was attempting to pass him. Unfortunately, our client was in the process of passing the bucket truck, which caused our client to run off the road and into a ditch. Our client suffered damage to her vehicle and neck and back injuries.
The County denied the case and said it was our client’s fault for passing within 100 feet of an intersection. The jury ruled the collision was 100% the fault of the County’s employee and awarded damages of more than $30,000 to our client.
This is the third trial our Oklahoma City office has handled where the insurance company claimed our client was at fault for passing within 100 feet of an intersection. In each of those cases, we responded that, by statute, a driver can be left of center within 100 feet of an intersection if a broken yellow line is present. We also argued it is reasonable to do so if the turning vehicle does not engage a left turn signal.
These are good examples of cases where without the assistance of a qualified attorney, the insurance companies would have paid nothing and our clients would have ended up paying for their own vehicle damage and medical treatment. Let us work for you.