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Daniel Newton and Marc Jaskolka obtained a defense verdict in favor of their client

Daniel Newton and Marc Jaskolka obtained a defense verdict in favor of their client who was in a car accident with a pedestrian plaintiff. The incident occurred on March 3, 2011 at the corner of Gadsden Highway and Parkway East/Roebuck Parkway in Jefferson County. The plaintiff was attempting to cross Parkway East on foot after shopping at a convenience store at the corner. The defendant was in his vehicle stopped at the light on Parkway East in the third lane from the right. There was not a marked crosswalk at that intersection. Evidence showed that upon arrival at the corner, the plaintiff immediately started across the roadway. Shortly thereafter certain lights governing traffic at the corner changed. The plaintiff testified only the left turn signal changed to green while the defendant testified that the lights governing straight through traffic turned green. When those lights changed, the defendant took his foot off his brake and began to roll forward. At that time, the plaintiff ran into either the side or front of the defendant’s vehicle. The plaintiff fell to the ground, ultimately fracturing his right hip. The plaintiff’s medical specials were in excess of $30,000. The case was defended on liability alone. In closing, the plaintiff requested full medical specials and asked the jury for unspecified damages for pain and suffering. After approximately fifteen minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict.

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