Cagle Law Firm

$300K Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement-Confidential

Plaintiff was injured in rear-end accident at an intersection in St. Louis County.  Immediately after the crash, Plaintiff experienced neck pain and sought treatment at an area hospital.  Plaintiff eventually underwent surgery. Plaintiff’s attorney did an initial demand for the applicable policy limits which were $25,000 and in exchange for said payment would completely release Defendant for any further liability. Defendant’s insurer refused asserting the fact that there were multiple other claimants.

Plaintiff filed suit and Defendant’s insurer thereafter offered $25,000 which was rejected by Plaintiff. Additional negotiations were subsequently conducted and Plaintiff offered to settle for $500,000. Defendant’s insurer rejected but offered $150,000 and requested a mediation.

During mediation, Plaintiff and Defendant’s insurer agreed to a settlement of $300,000.00 for Plaintiff.

Mother Obtains $1,508.500.00 Settlement for Son Killed In Westport

In the early morning hours of May 30th 2014, 28 year-old Derek Mael and his passenger were looking for parking spot in the Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri. While attempting to locate a space, Mael and his passenger became involved in a verbal exchange with two bicyclist.  Mael and his passenger proceeded down the street and located a parking space when the bicyclists returned on foot and a physical altercation between the four men started. A witness reported that Mael was “knocked out” by one of the bicyclists and was last seen lying in the prone position in the middle of 42nd Street.

Meanwhile, a car driven by Defendant was traveling eastbound on 42nd Street. Defendant topped a slight his at the location where Mael was lying unconscious. Thereafter, Defendant continued eastbound on 42nd Street southbound to Broadway Boulevard before stopping his vehicle.  Once the parties involved in the altercation realized Mael’s body was missing, the altercation ended. As Mael was no longer present in the roadway, his passenger and a local business employee begin running in pursuit of the blood trail present on 42nd Street to southbound Broadway Boulevard.  After following the blood trail nearly three blocks, they discovered Mael’s body entangled in the undercarriage of Defendants’ motor vehicle.

Defendant admitted to the reporting officer at the accident scene that he had been drinking.  Defendant stated to reporting officers that the had noticed a body in the roadway but didn’t know it was a body at the time.  He further noted that he did not have time to avoid or get out of the way and then his motor vehicle felt like it was performing differently when he turned onto southbound Broadway Boulevard.

After the incident, Defendant was given a field sobriety test and blood alcohol test which indicated his BAC was in excess of the legal limit.  Investigators also found half-empty alcohol containers in Defendant’s car.  Plaintiff survived the incident and was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  He later died on June 6 due to blunt force trauma injuries to his head.  Plaintiff was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and worked at an area hardware store.

Mael’s mother brought a lawsuit alleging Defendant was negligent by failing to keep a careful lookout, striking and dragging her son with his motor vehicle which directly caused or directly contributed to cause of his death.

The Plaintiff settled with the Defendant’s insurance company, Auto Owners Insurance  for the applicable policy limits of $1,500,000.00. As well, Plaintiff obtained settlements through AAA Insurance in the amount of $8,500.00

Cagle praised the Kansas City Police Department, “The police department’s collection of evidence was superior to that usually seen in pedestrian death cases. The KCPD collection of evidence really helped us make the case”.

Clifford K. Wells of Herman & Wells in Petersburg, Florida represented Plaintiff with Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm.

Zagler, A.S. Mother of man dragged under car settles with driver. Missouri Lawyers Weekly 8/5/15.

St. Louis City Car Accident Settlement, $100K, Policy LImit

On westbound Interstate 64-40, Plaintiff was struck by Defendant when she attempted to change lanes on I-64. Upon impact, Plaintiff’s motor vehicle was pushed into the car in front of him.  As a result, Plaintiff suffered a neck injury and reported to the emergency room the day of the crash.  Subsequently, Plaintiff incurred medial expenses as he continued to treat for the neck injury.  A jury trial was set and parties mediated prior to trial.

Truck Accident Settlement of $310,000.00 in Jasper County, Missouri

Plaintiff was a front seat passenger in a Ford E150 van involved in a motor vehicle accident on Friday June afternoon around 12:24 pm. at the intersection of Missouri 1717 and Business 71 in Webb City, Missouri.

The van, driven by plaintiff’s father was at a stop light at the intersection when the he noticed a Jeep Wrangler operated by Defendant Phillips.  The father/driver claimed to have seen the driver of the Jeep with her head down using a cell phone as her Jeep came head on towards their vehicle at the intersection.

Two witnesses that were not named on the police report claimed the semi-truck traveling in same direction as the Jeep made a partial swerve into the lane of the Jeep causing the driver of the Jeep to cross into oncoming traffic. All parities agreed the semi-truck did not make any contact with any vehicle.  The truck driver claimed he never swerved and only attempted a lane change after being approximately three tractor-trailer lengths from the intersection.

There was not significant property damage done to either the Jeep or the plaintiff’s vehicle.

Plaintiff refused treatment at the scene but later in the day wen to an urgent care facility  with neck discomfort. Subsequently, after conservative medical care failed, he had a two-level cervical surgery–one level anteriorly and one level posteriorly.  Plaintiff had a previous low back surgery. Parties reached a settlement of $310,000 prior to trial during mediation.

Andrew Mundwiller of The Cagle Law Firm represented the Plaintiff.

Zagler, A.S. Van passenger settles with many parties over crash. Missouri Lawyers Weekly 8/3/15

Policy Limit Settlement $250,000 in Rear-End Collision, Kane County, Illinois

On September afternoon in Itasca, Illinois, the plaintiff from New Bedford, Texas was traveling in a van operated by a hotel employee.

Plaintiff was a guest of the hotel at the time and was being transported as a guest as he was in town for a conference.   While at the stop light northbound on Rohlwing Road at the intersection of Bryn Mar Avenue, the defendant driving a 2004 Saturn Vue northbound rear-ended the hotel van with such force as to push it into the cross street of Bryn Mar Avenue.

According to reports, the van sustained very little property damage and the defendant testified she was traveling no more than 12 mph.

Plaintiff testified he made complaints of neck pain to the responding police office, however, the police officer testified the plaintiff did not make any complaints of injury.

Prior to the crash, the plaintiff had already undergone surgery on his neck and had a pending worker’s compensation case in Texas arising from the indident.  The insurer for the compensation carrier had the plaintiff evaluated and the doctor had given the opinion the plaintiff’s injury, if any, was pre-existing and not related to the September crash in question.

The case settled for the policy limit of $250,000 in Kane County, Illinois.