$1.02M settlement in inattentive driver lawsuit in which motorcyclist was killed

The family of James Madonia, 62, who was killed in a freeway motorcycle accident, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.02 with Horizon Communications and the driver they claimed was negligent in the accident, Arthur Murrieta.

Horizon agreed to pay $1 million of the settlement and Murrieta the remainder.

According to papers filed in Orange County Superior Court, Madonia’s family claimed that Murrieta was negligent in the accident because he failed to keep a proper lookout when he suddenly braked and swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle when he ran over Madonia, who was on the ground after colliding with another vehicle.

In their lawsuit, Madonia’s family claimed Horizon Communications Technologies under vicarious liability. Vicarious liability holds that employers and companies bear some responsibility for the negligent acts of their employees acting in the course or scope of their employment.

All the parties to the case settled before the lawsuit came to trial.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents with their injury claims and families who have lost a loved one with their wrongful death claims.

Source: Madonia v. Murrieta, No. 30-2010-00337626-CU-PO-CJC (Cal., Orange Co. Super. Feb. 15, 2011).

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