SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders in the Law lists the top personal injury settlements in Northern California each year. A $24 million settlement achieved in a car accident case handled by law firm partner Timothy Tietjen of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn secured the top spot in the 2016 list. According to the Leaders in the Law settlement listing, the second largest settlement in Northern California in 2016 was $15 million.
The case arose after Ms. Rebecca Forkey was forced off the road by a swerving Acura. The resulting rollover accident caused her to suffer permanent spinal cord injuries and disability. The Acura driver, who worked for an Acura dealership, claimed he had been trying to avoid a collision with a Toyota vehicle nearby that was driving erratically.
It was determined that the driver of the nearby Toyota was impaired by prescription medications at the time of the car accident. The Acura driver called 911 to report the impaired driver and he was warned by the dispatcher to stay away from the vehicle. However the Acura driver ignored this warning and positioned his vehicle between the Toyota and the Forkey vehicle. When the Toyota swerved into his lane, the Acura driver suddenly swerved into Forkey's lane forcing her off the roadway and crashing.
Attorney Tietjen recognized that ultimate liability belonged to the Acura driver, not the Toyota driver. He was able to use the 911 call records to his clients' case advantage.
The Acura dealership initially tried to deny any liability in the matter, claiming the driver was an independent contractor. Through Attorney Tietjen's persistence, the Acura dealership eventually offered a $17 million settlement, but this was rejected. Ms. Forkey was catastrophically and permanently injured, and $17 million was not a fair amount when considering all of her medical costs and extensive pain and suffering. The $24 million settlement that topped the Leaders in the Law Northern California settlements of 2017 list would later be accepted.
Inquiring parties can learn more about Attorney Tietjen and Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn by visiting the San Francisco personal injury law firm's official website: http://www.rftmlaw.com/.
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