On February 5, Steve Gursten was interviewed by ABC News, for its nationally syndicated radio show, The Law Business Insider. Hosted by Steve Murphy, the show features America’s premier lawyers and business executives. Steve Gursten was chosen for the interview because he received the largest 2008 settlement and auto negligence verdict in Michigan, according to a year-end verdicts and settlements report by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Steve spoke extensively about egregious truck driver negligence that occurred in Michigan’s largest settlement case ($3.9 million), Nunez v. Utica Transit Mix et. al. Plaintiff Patrick Nunez was killed when a truck driver lost control of his fully-loaded gravel truck and struck his car as it was traveling on I-75 in Detroit. Steve explained the truck lost control when its front-steer tire blew, but trucks aren’t supposed to dangerously lose control when they experience a foreseeable and common event like a tire blow-out. The defendant lost control because his truck was in defective and dangerous out-of-service mechanical condition. The driver admitted in a deposition that he received no formal training or supervision from his employer. He also said he did not inspect the truck’s tires and brakes. Furthermore, he had a seizure disorder and was on powerful epilepsy medication that causes drowsiness and delayed reaction time.
Steve also discussed on the radio show dishonest trial tactics by Chrysler in the largest 2008 auto negligence verdict case, Broeren v. Bates et. al, where plaintiff Anthony Broeren was run over by a Roy Bates’ pickup truck and propelled head-first into a log cabin. Broeren sued Roy Bates. But Chrysler was financially responsible, as Chrysler owned the pickup truck and Bates was employed with Chrysler when the car accident occurred. Even though Chrysler had been removed as a named defendant in the case, the corporation made all of the trial decisions behind the scenes, attempting to dupe a conservative Macomb County jury into believing the case involved a friend suing a friend. The jury allotted $5.65 million to Broeren for his personal injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
In addition to achieving some of the highest car and truck accident settlements each year for injury victims in Michigan, Steve Gursten has received the largest jury verdict for four of the past seven years.
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