Dillon Hobbs obtained a defense verdict for his client in small claims court for damages allegedly sustained in a motor-vehicle collision at an intersection. Dillon represented the driver being sued, whom the plaintiff named in his complaint for negligence and negligent entrustment.
The plaintiff’s complaint claimed $2,500.00 in compensatory damages as a direct result of the collision. After contesting liability, Dillon obtained a favorable verdict for his clients on the grounds that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent at the time of the collision, and the plaintiff was completely barred from recovery in the case.
The plaintiff alleged that the other driver failed to yield right-of-way from a stop sign at the intersection. The testimony and additional evidence presented at trial, however, illustrated a different version of what happened at the time of the collision. Dillon was able to prove that the plaintiff was negligent while taking a turn too early, entering the opposite lane, and colliding with the other driver’s vehicle at the intersection.