Attorney Jeb Butler of the Butler | Kahn discusses a recent car accident case that his firm handled resulting in a $4 million dollar settlement.

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►I’m Jeb Butler, of the Butler Law Firm. I wanted to talk with you today about a $4 million settlement in a car accident case that our firm obtained.
►Behind me is a picture of our client, whose name I won’t use today, but he was a great client. We were happy to represent him. As you can tell from the picture, he was really seriously injured in the car accident, had left and paralyzed from the waist down.
►We’ll start by taking a look at the scene of this collision. It occurred here in Atlanta, Georgia, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and North Side Drive. And it was a really serious collision, as you might expect. This is a picture of the Kia Sportage, in which our client was a backseat passenger. And here is the vehicle from another angle.
►Our investigative work started, as it usually does, with a copy of the police report. Which is here. The police report wasn’t very clear about who was at fault for the collision. It has here, you can see the way the officer has this drawn up. I know it’s a little blurry, but this is Unit One, which represented the Kia Sportage in which our client was a passenger. And this down here going straight, was Unit Two. And that was a Chevy Tahoe.
►So, according to the officer, he had the Kia, in which our client was riding, making a left turn, and then crashing into a Tahoe that was going straight. This would suggest that fault rest with the driver of the Kia. That was a bad thing for our client, because the driver of the Kia had absconded. He’d left. No one could find the guy. And there wasn’t a way for our client to make any meaningful recovery against the driver of that Kia. Which of course was a big deal, because he has, Lord knows how many medical bills, into the millions of dollars, and future medical bills. And he’s in a wheelchair now. And there was a lot going on, obviously. But we weren’t going to be able to collect anything from the driver of the Kia.
►So, this was a bad police report for our client. We can scroll down and we’ll get eventually to the narrative section. And we’re not going to read all of this, but the officer talks about having spoken with one witness who, according to the officer, observed vehicle Number One, enter the intersection, enter the lane of vehicle Number Two. That is, the officer’s claiming this witness told him, we’ll call this person Witness One, that Witness One said the Kia entered the lane of the Tahoe. Which is consistent with his picture, that has the Kia making that left turn into the Tahoe straight lane, and hit vehicle Number Two head on. According to the officer.
►Now a police report is important evidence, but it’s not the entirety of the evidence. So, we started digging a little deeper. If we were to go back to the scene of the collision, I would like to draw out the police officer’s version of what happened.
►And what the police officer says happened, is he’s got, we’ll use blue from the police officer. He’s got the Tahoe going straight into the intersection. I’ll write D for defendant, the driver of the Tahoe. And the Kia taking a left. And I will put P by that car, because our client, the plaintiff, was driving the Kia Sportage.
►So, this is the collision, according to the officer. So, we started doing witness work to evaluate this. See if the officer got it right. Most times they do, but not always. Our first thing first step was to call a witness listed and described in the police report, who we’ll call a Witness One today.



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