Sketches of Court: Motor vehicle accident in under-regulated intersection yields comparative verdict
In this courtroom sketch, Hon. David Vaughan looks on during a direct examination in the summary jury motor vehicle accident trial Carazo v. Klein. Plaintiff Ray Carazo (on the stand) is lifting his arms to demonstrate how his range of motion was adversely affected by injury from the collision. Carazo was represented by Jonathan Roberts (standing), of the law firm Talkin, Muccigrosso & Roberts.
The accident occurred at the intersection of East 29th Street and Avenue I in May 2014. Carazo testified that he was northbound on the one-way street, past the stop sign and inching around a stopped school bus on Avenue I after its driver waved him along. Carazo maintained that he never reached the middle of the intersection, and that Klein’s vehicle hit his in a mostly front-to-front impact.
Defendant driver Klein was represented by Richard Reinstein (at right), of Longo & D’Apice as trial counsel to the Offices of Karen L. Lawrence. Klein maintained that she was westbound in her unobstructed lane on Avenue I when her SUV was “almost T-boned” by Carazo’s truck which spun her around. Klein denied crossing the double yellow traffic divider line, and testified that she could not open her driver’s side door after the impact.
Roberts offered exhibits including photos purported to be representative of Klein’s car after the accident, but Klein remarked, “That’s not how I remember it.”
The jury returned a comparative plaintiff’s verdict and awarded Carazo $50,000 for past pain and suffering, and $30,000 for future pain and suffering. The damages are to be apportioned based on the responsibility for the accident accorded to the defendant of 60 percent, in the trial that resolved last week in Kings County, Civil Term.
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