The accident happened back in December, 2007 when California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Pedeferri pulled over motorist Andres Parra on Highway 101, just north of Ventura, California. Officer Pedeferri was talking to Parra, who was seated in his car, when Jeremy White, who was driving a truck, slammed into both of them. As a result of the accident, Officer Pedeferri was left a quadriplegic and Parra was killed.
Personal Injury Settlement
In this personal injury and wrongful death case, jurors decided that Officer Pedeferri, and his wife, Carrie, should receive a personal injury settlement of $39 million, while Andres Parra’s parents should receive $10.2 million for the wrongful death of their son.
Jeremy White, the driver of the truck, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and transporting marijuana. In 2008, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. At the time of the car accident, White told Highway Patrol investigators that two dirt bikes in the back of his truck became loose and distracted him. Jurors agreed that the distraction of the loose dirt bikes contributed to the crash and ordered Bert’s Mega Mall, whose employees strapped the bikes down, to pay about one-third of the verdicts.
The jury decided that the officer and stopped motorist were both victims of an intoxicated driver and the faulty tie down of the two dirt bikes (it should be noted that Bert’s Mega Mall, whose employees, reportedly strapped the bikes down, plans to appeal the ruling).
Personal Injury Claim
In the case of the officer, who is now a quadriplegic, his personal injury claim in this accident would be paralysis, which is a “complete loss of muscle function for one or more muscle groups.” While this is a severe case, paralysis can also be periodic, or be restricted to an area like the leg. Symptoms are a loss of feeling or loss of mobility in the affected area. It is important to have a specialized physician examine these types of injuries.
In the case of the motorist who was killed, his family’s claim would be a “wrongful death,” which is the negligence of an individual that causes the death of a person. In the case of a loss of life, a wrongful death can have emotional damages to the victim’s family as well. The family may need to seek therapy and counseling to deal with this tragic loss of their son.
Contact an Attorney
If someone you know and love has been paralyzed and/or was tragically killed as a result of any type of accident or injury, our law firm will take extra measures to ensure that you and your loved ones get the best legal representation. Although no amount of money may bring back a loved one, or cure paralysis, our attorneys can help with all the related psychological, emotional, and financial issues that have resulted. Please call our office at 1-877-702-7274 to speak to a personal injury attorney.
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