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Highway 101 Big-Rig Crash Suit Ordered to Mediation

By Renee Nordstrand on May 27, 2013

The truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand have learned that a San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge has ordered the involved parties in a high profile personal injury lawsuit to engage in mediation.

We had reported earlier that a San Juan Capistrano family had filed a personal injury lawsuit against a trucking company and the estate of the deceased trucker involving a rear-end accident that left a mother and her two children injured and their BMW hanging precariously from a bridge on Highway 101 near Buellton. They were eventually rescued with the aid of a forklift.

It was later determined that the truck driver who rear-ended the BMW had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system. He died in the crash.

The family claims that the occupants of the BMW suffered emotional distress and personal injuries as a result of the crash. They are seeking compensation for emotional damages, personal injuries and medical expenses.

By ordering the mediation, the judge basically told the parties involved to try to settle the suit out of court. Mediation involves negotiating a case with the aid of a neutral person. The family’s attorney told the Santa Maria Times that the family was not at the case management conference where the judge determined the case should go to mediation

Often, personal injury suits involving significant injury will end up in mediation. While both sides in mediation are generally there to settle, the process still takes time and requires the services of knowledgeable legal representatives who are looking out for your best interests. If your case goes to mediation, the personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand fully understand the process and will always aggressively seek to get the compensation your family deserves.

Have you been involved in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver? Call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.