Case details

Plaintiff’s speeding caused crash, defense argued





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brain, traumatic brain injury
On June 4, 2016, plaintiff Robert Spinner, 70, was driving at the Marin County Civic Center, in San Rafael, when his vehicle was broadsided by a vehicle operated by Joshua Felser. Spinner claimed to his head. Spinner sued Felser, alleging that Felser was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. Spinner claimed that he was traveling without any traffic controls and had the right of way when Felser pulled away from a stop sign and caused the collision. Felser claimed that he had a clear lane when he left the stop sign and that Spinner was speeding. Defense counsel contended that the accident would not have happened if Spinner had not been speeding. The defense’s accident reconstruction expert opined that Spinner was traveling at 35 mph, which was 10 miles over the speed limit, and that if Spinner was traveling at 25 mph, the accident would not have happened., Spinner claimed he sustained a traumatic brain injury. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injury. Spinner claimed that he requires future medical treatment and that he will require future home attendant care. Spinner sought recovery of past and future medical costs, and damages for his past and future pain and suffering. His wife, Leslie LaRhette, sought recovery for her loss of consortium. Plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury to award Spinner and LaRhette $16 million in total damages.
Superior Court of Marin County, Marin, CA

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