Original Story: LATimes.com
Los Angeles officials
will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 accident
involving a city sanitation truck and a pedestrian in a marked
crosswalk. The city has hired a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer.
Becerra, who lives in Northridge, suffered severe injuries after being
hit by a trash truck while she was crossing Reseda Boulevard. She is
being consulted by a Los Angeles Injury Lawyer.
As a result of those injuries, Becerra has a limited ability to walk,
is unable to conceive children and probably will not be employable,
according to an analysis of the case prepared by the city's lawyers.
analysis, submitted to the City Council, said it would not be
"unreasonable" to expect a $20-million verdict if the case went to
trial. Police determined in the wake of the accident that the trash
truck has a blind spot.
Becerra, 26, had the right of way in a marked crosswalk and was described by the city's lawyers as "shy, soft spoken and stoic."
"A jury will have great empathy for her," the analysis states.
Mike Arias, who represents Becerra, described the settlement as fair.
"We're appreciative that instead of forcing her to go through years of
additional litigation, that this matter was able to be resolved," he
The City Council approved the settlement Wednesday.