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Smart v. Peterson, consolidated with State Farm Insurance Company v. Peterson


Defendant Automobile Manufacturer


Defense Verdict


Plaintiff Jovetta Smart’s car was rear-ended by Jack Peterson, who was driving a vehicle leased to him by his employer, DBMS’s automobile manufacturer client.

Mr. Peterson contended that a sudden lane change by Ms. Smart was the sole proximate cause of plaintiff’s claimed injuries and damages.

Plaintiff claimed medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering resulting from lower back injuries, including an annular tear. State Farm Insurance Company sought reimbursement for medical bills and automobile repair bills paid on behalf of Jovetta Smart.

The jury returned a verdict for the defense.