Summary Judgment - Auto Negligence October 2015
Scott D. McKenna
Scott McKenna obtained summary judgment for a driver that is alleged to have started a chain reaction accident when he admits to stopping suddenly behind another vehicle that stopped suddenly itself. The vehicle behind Scott’s client then stopped suddenly also, which was then struck by another defendant and was pushed into on-coming lanes striking the plaintiffs’ vehicle. The four plaintiffs were making a global settlement demand of $3,650,000. The court agreed with Scott’s argument that the actions of Scott’s client were too remote to the actual impact two cars away to be considered a proximate cause of the accident and there was no evidence that Scott’s client breached any duty owed when he stopped suddenly due to traffic in front of him stopping suddenly and he did so without ever striking any other vehicles.