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Enhanced 911 Audio Disproves False Claim in Contest of Liability, Results in $436K Verdict

Near the Ontario International Airport in California, a man failed to notice a bicyclist crossing an intersection before making a right-hand turn. His white Toyota Camry clipped the front of the man’s bike, hurling him onto the car and ground.

Mr. Seymore, a semi-professional boxer, worked as a UPS employee. He biked to and from work to fit in as much exercise as possible. On the day of the accident, he was lawfully entering an intersection when the vehicle to his left made an unannounced right turn and struck him. Initially, Mr. Seymore denied any medical attention at the scene, but looked to file an incident report. He instructed the man who hit him to call the police.

The day after the accident, Mr. Seymore was evaluated by doctors. He received light medical care for his injured wrist and hip. Physicians discussed with him the need for future reconstructive wrist surgery, but Mr. Seymore denied this treatment as well.

Injured and unable to continue working, Mr. Seymore knew he needed representation to navigate through his legal recourse options. His accountant referred him to Cory Weck of McCune Wright and Arevalo, LLP, an Ontario-based law firm. Cory agreed to assist Mr. Seymore and filed his claim, seeking the $100,000 policy limit.

For four years, the insurance company refused to acknowledge Mr. Seymore’s injuries. The Defendant even shifted his recollection of the incident, contending he was going straight and never attempted a right turn. Consequently, his insurance carrier alleged Mr. Seymore caused the accident, offering no compensation. Because of this, the case was unable to resolve through mediation and proceeded to trial.

In the middle of trial, Cory discovered the 911 call the Defendant made after hitting Mr. Seymore, where he admitted fault. However, the audio was muddled, making it difficult to distinguish the Defendant’s words. In a new tactical decision, Cory enlisted DK Global to create a visual representation of the phone call.  

The presentation began with an audio waveform visualization of the Defendant’s 911 call. The audio was transcribed and enhanced, showing that the Defendant admitted fault by saying he “hit a person on a bike taking a right turn.”

With the emergency call paired alongside the synced transcript, the jury understood how the Defense was attempting to sidestep responsibility. With the truth revealed, the jury awarded Mr. Seymore a $436,000 verdict.

Attorney Cory Weck, a partner at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, is a leading trial lawyer in the Inland Empire and is “AV Distinguished”rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2012, Cory has been peer-selected as one of the top 5% of attorneys on the California Super Lawyers list. He has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar results for his deserving clients and has been listed among the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California” by The National Trial Lawyers.

 


"It's nice to have a company that helps build my own professional reputation by producing something that does have an absolute direct impact on my clients' results."
Cory R. Weck - McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
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