Motor Vehicle and Traffic Accident Defense

Walters Richardson has experience defending automotive companies who have been accused of inflicting injury on their customers due to an auto accident. The attorneys at WMR Defense understand how to protect automotive companies from allegations they may face about defective vehicles and pedestrian injuries, among many other grievances associated with the automotive industry. WMR Defense treats every case with the same priority, resulting in attorneys that contact clients quickly and guide them through all the components of litigation. 

Walters Richardson has a long-standing reputation for defending individuals and companies against lawsuits involving complex injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.  Our legal team is proactive in its efforts to gain as much information as quickly as possible concerning the claims so that we can effectively advise the client whether the case should be tried or resolved, if possible, without trial. To that end, we consult with state and local police agencies, private investigators, engineers, and medical professionals when necessary to protect our clients’ interests.  Walters Richardson employs highly qualified experts to consult and testify in its cases, including accident reconstruction experts who have previously taught accident reconstruction at the Kentucky State Police Academy.

Our willingness to try cases in Kentucky’s most liberal venues consistently results in settlements at an early juncture.  When matters are tried, Walters Richardson has a solid record of successful defense verdicts across the state.

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An optometrist was rear-ended while driving in Louisville.  There was no injury at the scene with the optometrist leaving the scene, renting a car, and continuing to run errands. He first sought treatment a week later with a chiropractor for apparent soft-tissue symptoms. Nearly one year later, the optometrist began to report headaches and cognitive and emotional problems and was diagnosed with post-concussive syndrome.  He filed a lawsuit claiming $1.1 million in pain and suffering damages caused by the rear-end collision.  Testifying on the optometrist’s behalf was IME neuropsychiatry expert Dr. Robert Granacher.  Walters Richardson of the brain injury called into question the optometrist’s claim of brain injury and seriously undermined Dr. Granacher’s expert testimony.  As a result, the jury assessed the optometrist’s pain and suffering at a mere $6,000.  Andrews v. Westfield Insurance et al, Jefferson Circuit Court 09-CI-11522. See KYTCR report.

A driver hit the brakes when he saw a stopped FedEx truck in the lane ahead of him.  The brakes failed, so the driver swerved to avoid the truck.  As a result, he collided with a car in which Laura Bailey was riding.  Bailey asserted the following injuries: an open pilon fracture, PTSD, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. All the psychological afflictions were identified by her expert psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Granacher.  Walters Richardson, representing the defendant, argued that the brake failure constituted a sudden emergency and strongly contested Bailey’s claims of emotional injury.  As a result, the jury returned a $0 verdict.  Bailey v. MCM Signs, Fayette Circuit Court 05-CI-2758. See KYTCR report​

Carl Richmond was driving through an intersection when Peryda Pike allegedly ran a red light and collided with Richmond’s vehicle.  Richmond proceeded to work and reported to the Emergency Room only later in the day.  He filed suit against Pike, asserting a wide-ranging back injury had left him totally disabled.  Walters Richardson defended Pike, arguing that the degenerative changes to Richmond’s back could not be attributed to the collision.  Walters Richardson secured a favorable jury instruction, and the jury returned a defense judgment.  Richmond, who had claimed damages exceeding $1.5 million, took nothing.  Richmond v. Pike, Jessamine Circuit Court 04-CI-0695. See KYTCR report

Cecil Howell was traveling on the highway when a teenager, Chad Walls, proceeding in the opposite direction, made a left turn in front of Howell’s oncoming vehicle.  The initial collision with Howell sent Walls careening into a driver stopped at a nearby stop sign, Thomas Robinson.  Robinson sued Howell and Walls.  WMR Defense represented Howell and persuaded a jury that Howell was blameless.   The Pike County jury determined that Walls was solely at fault and assessed Robinson’s damages at $94,462, of which Howell was responsible for $0.  Robinson v. Walls et al, Pike Circuit Court 04-CI-1107. See KYTCR report​

In a motor vehicle accident case in the Breathitt Circuit Court, Walters Richardson successfully utilized the testimony of an expert in orthopedics to achieve a jury verdict of $0 on the question of the plaintiff’s impairment.  Turner v. Noble, Breathitt Circuit Court 02-CI-0026. <link to KY Trial Court Review>

Lisa Johnson was stopped at a red light when her vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Pamela Steckel.  Johnson complained of C6-7 disc injury and filed suit against Steckel.  Walters Richardson defended.  Prior to trial, Walters Richardson secured dismissal of Johnson’s claims of impairment and future medical expenses.  At trial, Walters Richardson presented photographic evidence that the collision was minor.  The jury, not convinced that Johnson’s alleged injuries were caused by such a minor accident, rejected her claim and returned a verdict for the defense.  Johnson v. Steckel Fayette Circuit Court 00-CI-4091. See KYTCR report​

While traveling on a narrow bridge, Brenda Wright sideswiped a truck pulling a horse trailer.  Wright sued the driver of the vehicles she had sideswiped.  Walters Richardson removed the state court action to the United States District Court and secured a verdict which ultimately amounted to $0.  Wright v. Thorne, USDC: Lexington, 01-CV-0114. See KYTCR report​

Following a collision between a jet ski and a fishing boat, the injured driver of the jet ski brought suit.  Walters Richardson, representing the defendant boat operator, successfully employed the testimony of a boating expert in support of the argument that the jet ski driver not the boat operator, had been driving negligently.  The jury agreed and found for the defense.  Kelley v. Poore, Fayette Circuit Court 07-CI-4585. See KYTCR report​

William Sears allegedly ran a red light while driving a truck outfitted with a cattle trailer.  Michael Keating had a green light to permit him to turn onto the four-lane road.  As Keating made his turn, Sears plowed into his vehicle, causing Keating’s vehicle to roll over.  Keating suffered cuts to his head, face, hands, legs and was comatose for several days.  He was later treated for a closed head injury, memory loss, depression, dementia, a mood disorder and cognitive dysfunction in addition to a hormone disorder.  Keating filed suit against Sears and Keating’s UIM carrier, Nationwide.  Keating settled with Sears for $265,000 of his $300,000 policy limits and sought additional damages from Nationwide.  Walters Richardson, representing Nationwide, blocked the admission of testimony by Sears’ neuropsychology expert, Dr. Robert Granacher.  The jury returned an adjusted verdict of $17,000, well short of the $300,000 UIM threshold.  Keating v. Nationwide, Jessamine Circuit Court 92-CI-0444. See KYTCR report​