Janssen Malloy LLP by partner Michael Crowley recently obtained a $260,000 recovery in a wrongful death matter arising out of a motorcycle/vehicle collision near Lakeport, California. The plaintiffs were the adult sisters of the motorcyclist, 57 year old David Criswell who was driving his motorcycle on Soda Bay Road near Clear Lake when the defendant driver ran a stop sign at Park Road, causing fatal injuries to Mr. Criswell. Mr. Criswell died unmarried, with no children, so his two sisters were his sole heirs. The defendant driver was driving within the scope of his job with his employer at the time of the incident. The case was filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court because the defendant driver and his employer were based out of Walnut Creek.
The case required depositions in Idaho, Oakland, Lakeport, and Eureka. After the depositions of the two sisters (one resides in Idaho and the other in Humboldt County), the defendant, and the investigating California Highway Patrol Officer, the case resolved at a mediation conducted by Thomas Beatty, Esq., in Walnut Creek.
This case presented typical challenges the attorneys at Janssen Malloy LLP face in representing family members who have lost a loved due to the negligence of another: clients in different states, multiple defendants, law enforcement investigation and testimony, multiple insurance carriers, and potential trial in yet another county. Wrongful death cases involve particular obstacles, and the assistance of skilled trial counsel is essential to achieve the correct result. The entire group of trial attorneys at Janssen Malloy LLP stand ready to help your family in such cases when the need arises.