$420,000 Awarded To Surviving Husband And Children For Mother’s Death In A Nine-Vehicle Pile-Up With Several Fatalities In Monterey County

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About the Case

The deceased wife and mother was a passenger in a VW New Beetle traveling northbound on US Hwy 101 in Monterey County north of King City. Her brother was driving and the other two passengers were her cousins. They, along with many other members of the extended family, were returning to their homes in Napa from a funeral service for a relative, when a southbound Ford Explorer veered across the median and collided head-on with the VW. The initial collision caused a chain reaction of subsequent collisions involving nine vehicles.

The driver and one of the passengers of the VW were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two passengers sustained severe injuries; one was airlifted to Fresno Community Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later.

The accident was investigated by the CHP. The officers determined that the driver of the Ford Explorer was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, and recommended that she be criminally charged for causing the accident.

Case Facts

The surviving husband and five children retained GJEL Accident Attorneys to represent them for the wrongful death of their wife and mother. Because of the multiple claims arising from the survivors of the other two fatalities and the eleven other people injured in the accident, Attorney Jim Larsen had to vigorously assert his client’s sense of loss to assure that they received a fair allocation of the proceeds of the insurance policies.

Extensive negotiations among the three law firms representing fourteen clients and eight individuals who represented themselves were managed by Attorney Larsen to achieve a settlement payment to our client’s family of $420,000.00.

Insurance Company Names:     CSAA, Dairyland (Viking)
Police Report   CHP
Vehicle Types   2006 Ford Explorer, 2000 VW New Beetle
Accident Locations: US Hwy 101, half mile north of Central Ave, near King City, CA
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited Fresno Community Medical Center
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Fatality


Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.