On January 24, 2015, Plaintiff Kristina Diamantoni legally parked her vehicle in a designated parking lane on 26th Street just south of Marguerita Avenue in Santa Monica, California when she tried to enter it and was suddenly struck from behind by Defendant’s Lexus GS350. The force of the impact caused Ms. Diamantoni to strike her head against her car before being thrown approximately 30 feet and coming to rest on the pavement. As a result of the collision, Plaintiff suffered severe injuries including multiple pelvic fractures, facial abrasions and head trauma as well as penetrating wounds resulting from glass particles.
The Defense’s pretrial offer of $1.75 million was not accepted and the case moved forward to trial in January 2017. On the first day of jury selection. the case settled for $8,250,000.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in pedestrian accident cases in the last several years, including a $20,500,000 verdict in July 2015 for the mother of a 15-year old boy who was tragically killed after being hit by a car while crossing a highway to reach a school bus stop and a $34,555,220 verdict in January 2015 for a man who suffered a below-the-knee amputation after he was hit by the trailer of a semi-truck while he was standing on a sidewalk.