Twana Johnson v Ernest Jopp, Peter Pan Bus Lines
Client involved in an early morning collision with a Peter Pan Bus in New London CT. There were no reliable witnesses besides the bus driver and Ms Johnson who each disagreed what had occured. Client not sure if her headlights were on or not nor whether her brakes were completely functional. Bus driver claimed he did not see our client's vehicle at the time when he made the turn and the accident reconstructionist which we retained could not conclusively establish through a time and stopping distance analysis that client would not have had adequate time to stop if she had been traveling the speed limit.
Nonetheless, through agressive and hard fought discovery efforts both before and after taking the Bus driver's depostion, we learned that he was involved in several prio accidents and had in fact been disciplined by his employer following our accident for not yielding the right of way. Accident scene photographs which were supposedly taken by the Bus Driver's supervisor were never produced so an element of spoliation of evidence pervaded as well. Case settled six weeks before trial for $225,000 which reflected the value of the knee and back injury sustained in the accident.( New London Superior Court , 2010).