Manuel De Jesus Garcia v. Mark Michaud
Type of Injury
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, FRACTURES
Travis County, Texas
The case settled shortly before trial for $2.25 million, which was the combined policy limit. The primary coverage was $250,000, and the excess coverage was $2 million.
On July 25, 2013, plaintiff Manuel De Jesus Garcia, a truck driver, was riding a 2012 Yamaha Star motorcycle south on North Lamar Boulevard, in Austin. Mark Michaud, in a 2011 Infiniti FX35 sport utility vehicle, was eastbound on West 5th Street. Michaud ran a red light at North Lamar Boulevard and struck Garcia, who sustained a head injury and a broken leg.
Garcia sued Michaud for negligently running a red light, failing to yield the right of way, failing to keep a proper lookout, driving too fast and failing to brake or turn to avoid the collision. Michaud got a ticket for running the light.
The defense was not strongly disputing liability.