Finding the Evidence
I’ve been a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles for twenty-five years, so it’s safe to say I’ve seen my fair share of collisions. I’ve seen hundreds of fender-benders and many drunk driving wrecks. You should visit the website of Custudio & Dubey, LLP if you want to get familiar with the various accidents that can happen in and around LA, because it’s almost hard to wrap your head around.
There’s one case I had back in 2013 that particularly stuck out in my mind. Not only was it a hard accident to witness, but it was also a hard case to solve. A man had been driving down I-5 when he suddenly lost control of the wheel. It was late and there weren’t any other cars near him on the road. He tried to hold the steering wheel and get the car to turn correctly, but he couldn’t.
His front wheels went off the shoulder and the car flipped into the ditch. Because he had no time to slow down, he suffered significant spinal damage from the wreck. The mystery was, what caused the accident?
Joining with the Police to Investigate
The man became my client shortly after his wreck. He was still in recovery, but was smart enough to know he needed a lawyer if he was going to get his medical expenses covered. This accident wasn’t his fault, and he wanted to figure out what was wrong with his vehicle and who could be held accountable. I immediately jumped into the police investigation to figure out what was going on.
The police informed me they had examined the car and found nothing. The steering wheel was working, the brakes were intact, and no defects were present under the hood. The police assumed that my client was trying to blame his distracted driving on a car defect. However, I believed my client and knew something else had to be at play.
Taking Another Angle
I came back to my client with the news about the car investigation and he was rightfully frustrated. I began asking my client more questions about the accident. He explained how he couldn’t keep control of the wheel, but as I gathered more information from him, I realized something interesting. From his description of the wreck, his lack of control seemed like it could be a medical issue, as opposed to an issue with the car itself.
I asked my client if he’d be willing to get some tests by the doctors. He agreed. After weeks of tests and questioning, we realized that my client had suffered a bad reaction to a prescription medication he had been taking. He lost control of the car because he had a minor seizure. My car accident case turned into a product liability case against the pharmaceutical company and my client got the money he deserved.
As a lawyer, it’s important to look at multiple angles and never give up on your client. If I would’ve believed the police in this case and ended my investigations there, my client never would’ve received justice. I’ll always remember this case as one of my proudest achievements.