As a San Diego car accident lawyer, we know that there are several elements that are absolutely crucial in any car accident case. This following case shows how an improper legal approach can taint your chance at a fair appeal.
The California Court of Appeals in San Diego recently entered a judgment on an appeal from a car accident lawsuit filed against the County of San Diego. In the case, the plaintiff alleged that an employee of the County of San Diego was responsible for his injuries stemming from a car accident that happened while the man was driving in a County vehicle.
At the half-day bench trial, the court found against the plaintiff. He appealed, challenging the factual findings regarding fault. However, there was no court reporter present, so according to the appellate court, the record presented on appeal was limited. At trial, three witnesses testified, which included the plaintiff, the defendant, and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer. The CHP officer testified first, and the trial court summarized his testimony as follows.