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VerdictSearch Case of Note for Week of October 5, 2011: Common Carrier Accident

Woman struck by bus recovers $10.5M in settlement*

Nichols v. AC Transit
Alameda County

A woman recovered $10.5 million for injuries sustained when she was struck and dragged by an AC Transit bus in an Oakland crosswalk. The plaintiff claimed that the bus driver panicked after impact, causing her to be trapped under the bus for 15 minutes. As a result of the collision, plaintiff suffered crushing fractures of the hip, femur, and pelvis. She required multiple surgeries and argued that she has suffered some permanent disability. Defense counsel contended that plaintiff’s residual injuries were not severe and that she failed to mitigate her damages by seeking rehabilitation earlier.

*Summarized from content provided by VerdictSearch: http://www.verdictsearch.com/index.jsp Full case reports available to VerdictSearch.com subscribers.

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Additional Library Resources

The library has numerous practice guides that can assist attorneys and litigants pursuing a claim against a government entity for accidents involving public transit. See the library’s research guide: Resources for Filing Claims Against Government Entities & Employees

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