Motor Vehicle – Parking Lot
Boyle | Shaughnessy Law attorney Thomas H. Houlihan, Jr. recently obtained a defense verdict in a motor vehicle accident case in the Waterbury Superior Court. The plaintiffs alleged that they were injured when the defendant backed into their vehicle while exiting a parking lot. In particular, the plaintiffs both claimed multiple spinal injuries that resulted in prolonged treatment.
Prior to the start of trial, the defendant admitted responsibility for the accident. However, the defense disputed that one of the plaintiffs was physically present in the vehicle at the time of the accident. In support of this theory, the defense prevailed on contentious pre-trial motions related to the introduction of evidence of prior criminal convictions. Additionally, on cross-examination, the defense challenged the plaintiffs’ version of the accident by effectively highlighting multiple inconsistencies in their representations as to what occurred. Ultimately, it was these inconsistencies that led the jury to be suspicious of the plaintiffs’ claims.
On the fourth day of trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.