On Monday May 2nd, the city of Los Angeles was held liable for an accident that killed a scientist in San Pedro three years ago.
The young son and widow of 59-year-old Thomas Guilmette who worked at Northrop Grumman was granted $23.7 million. Guilmette’s motorcycle hit a car that moved into traffic on a crowded intersection in northwest San Pedro.
According to Guilmette’s family attorneys, he would have been alive if the intersection had been designed correctly with safety in mind. Attorney Don Liddy stated that the jury held the city 95% liable for his his death.
Liddy explained that this accident highlights the safety hazards of San Pedro. For years, residents of northwest San Pedro have complained about the dangers of the Summerland and Cabrillo intersection minutes away from retailers such as 7-Eleven and 98 Cents Plus Discount Store. The intersection is also close to popular restaurants including Gaffey St. Diner, Toyo Bowl, and Ono Hawaiian BBQ.
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys disclose that drivers on Cabrillo who were waiting to make a left turn onto Summerland had no choice but to edge into oncoming traffic to get around a blind corner. Due to vehicles that were parked on a hill and street right before the intersection, it was challenging for drivers to see on another on both streets.
Rob Wilcox, the city attorney of Los Angeles believes that the verdict “outrageous” and the city will appeal. Liddy explained that the judgment is incredibly large because Los Angeles officials made plans in 2001 and 2009 to make changes to the intersection to improve visibility but failed to follow through.
Only after Guilmette struck a driver who was in his path as he was driving to Northrop Grumman for work in 2013, Los Angeles city officials restricted street parking and added a stop sign on Summerland at Cabrillo.