$7.5 million Ray County, Missouri Judgment
Mike Rader obtained a $7,505,176.26 judgment in Ray County, Missouri on behalf of a family for the wrongful death of their daughter. On January 25, 2015, Rachel Bailey was traveling to Richmond, Missouri, from Independence, Missouri in a 2005 Nissan Altima. While traveling eastbound on 210 Highway, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix being operated by the defendant crossed the center line and hit Ms. Bailey’s Nissan head on. It was later determined that the defendant was legally intoxicated. As a result of the collision, Rachel was pronounced dead at the scene.
$7.5 million settlement
The firm earned a $7.5 million settlement for the family of a motorcyclist who died after an accident with a truck driver who failed to yield to oncoming traffic. After investigating the accident, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader discovered that the truck driver failed several road evaluations regarding yielding at intersections – the very issue that caused the accident – and that he twice failed his commercial driver’s license exam. The case, which involved six liability and damage experts, resolved after two mediations.
$4.9 million settlement
The plaintiff was driving his pickup truck westbound on Interstate 470 as the defendant drove his car eastbound in the westbound lanes of the interstate. At the time, the defendant was returning to a local Kansas City hotel after a business meeting during a work trip.
The defendant driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.386 – almost five times the legal limit when the collision occurred. The plaintiff sued the defendant driver and his employer in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The litigation team completed a significant discovery and policy analysis. The analysis focused on coverage and agency issues, preventing an argument that the defendant was acting outside the course and scope of his employment at the time of the crash.
In addition, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader attorneys taking the time to determine the full extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and economic damages was crucial. Insurance companies representing the defendant agreed to a global settlement during a pretrial mediation.
$2.285 million verdict
The firm secured a $2.285 million verdict in arbitration for a family who struck a faulty guardrail. Industry standards required a full guardrail height of 27 inches; Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader demonstrated the guardrail was only 18 inches.
$1.5 million settlement
The firm achieved a $1.5 million settlement for a woman whose car was struck by a Gulf Stream RV. Neither driver was cited, but an investigator analyzed tire marks, accident debris and vehicle damage, and concluded the collision happened when the RV crossed into our client’s lane.
$1.3 million Settlement
At 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2019, decedent was traveling westbound on Dennis Avenue just west of Ward Cliff Drive. She was operating a Toyota Rav 4. At the same time a Jeep Liberty owned by defendant was being driven eastbound on Dennis Avenue by a consensual driver. Defendant’s vehicle suddenly veered left and crossed the centerline violently striking the decedent’s vehicle head on. Decedent had no time to take any evasive action to avoid the collision. Multiple eyewitnesses interviewed by Mike’s investigator confirmed defendant’s vehicle turned suddenly into the oncoming traffic. The decedent was emergently transported from the scene to a local trauma center where she was pronounced dead.
It was later determined by medical care providers that the decedent likely died upon impact. At the time of her passing, decedent was a stay at home mom to her 5-year-old son and married. The current $250,000 wrongful death damage cap in Kansas applicable to non-economic damages necessitated an exhaustive evaluation of all possible economic loss claims. This included lost family and household services. As a result of Mike’s work and the help of two retained economic experts, he was able to collect $1,300,000 which represents the total amount of available proceeds from all parties (the owner of the vehicle, the driver and the driver’s two parents).
While the plaintiff was test-driving his brother’s 1933 Ford, a Honda Accord driven by the defendant came up from behind at a high rate of speed, tried to pass the plaintiff on the left and hit the driver’s side of the Ford. The plaintiff suffered fractured ribs, scapular and pelvis; a T1 fracture; a subarachnoid hemorrhage; and temporal lobe hemorrhage.
Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader attorneys conducted extensive discovery before defendant acquiesced to liability. The litigation also involved underinsured and uninsured policies held by the defendant. The case was settled for $700,000.
Mike Rader resolves case on behalf of automobile driver. Plaintiff was driving westbound on 67th Street just west of I-35 in Johnson County, Kansas. At approximately Knox Street, 67th Street converges from four lanes to two lanes. Prior to the lane reduction, plaintiff was driving in the right westbound lane and defendant was driving in the left westbound lane. Defendant would not allow plaintiff to merge. She attempted to get past defendant to merge into the single lane and defendant’s vehicle clipped the left rear of her vehicle spinning her into oncoming traffic where she was struck by a minivan. The incident was captured on a nearby business’ security camera and two witnesses ran to the scene. They stayed with plaintiff until she died due to blunt head and chest trauma.
$250,000 insurance settlement
The firm obtained a $250,000 insurance settlement, the maximum recoverable amount, for the family of a motorcyclist who was killed after a violent motor vehicle collision.