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Claude Armand Wyle

Claude Wyle’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • Ochoa v Big Japanese Motorcycle Company

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Outcome:
    1,360,000 settlement loss of leg
    Description:
    Settlement in favor of a motorcyclist for loss of leg below the knee due to defective motorcycle assembly at bike shop. Witness said client was doing a wheelie immediately before his accident. the bike was only a few weeks old when it went into a violent wobble and ejected Cruz into a telephone pole
  • Pan v Private Bus Company

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Outcome:
    Wrongful Death Settlement of 1,000,000.00
    Description:
    Ten year old Daniel Pan was run over and killed by a private transit bus while riding his bicycle from the sidewalk into the crosswalk just three doors down from his home. Daniel had been riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street He had ridden in front of a bus that was making a right turn, and the bus driver did not expect a bicycle rider to cross from her right side. The police report was 100% against Daniel. All six police officers who responded to the scene blamed Daniel and said the bus driver was not at fault. The television reporters all reported that the tragedy was the bicycle rider's fault. After meeting Daniel's heart-broken parents, I launched my own investigation, taking the witnesses back to the scene of the bicycle death and videotaping their interviews. We hired experts in accident reconstruction, human factors such as vision and hearing, bus driving and maintenance, bicycle safety, psychology, and forensic photography. We rented an identical bus and hired a child actor who rode the same bicycle at the scene of the bicycle/bus accident and we reconstructed the accident. We took a videotaped deposition of the driver of the bus and learned that she was poorly trained and inexperienced. We took the videotaped depositions of all of the witnesses, and learned in great detail everything they could remember. Armed with all of this information, we were able to demonstrate that the bus driver should have expected Daniel to be riding there because this was the route that many children took home from school at that same time of day. Most importantly, the bus driver should have seen Daniel and had seven seconds to see and perceive him on the sidewalk and entering the intersection. Although the bus driver blamed a blind spot at the front of the bus, we measured the height of Daniel and the bicycle, and using the actor, showed that Daniel was easily visible if the driver had maintained a proper lookout. And we got ready for trial. Finally, just two weeks before trial, the bus company was made accountable.
  • Vossler v Big Car Rental

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    Settlement of 1,375,000
    Description:
    Rental agency rented car with a bad tire to lady in middle of Winter. As a result lady spun out in light snow and was killed by oncoming truck. Decedent was a wonderful woman with a very impressive family, a great driver, and we proved that rental car company had inadequate system for maintaining and inspecting rentals. The company was made accountable for this family's loss
  • Martin v Big Trucking Company

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $1,000,000 settlement
    Description:
    14 year old boy run over by big rig mid block in middle of the night, losing leg. Truck driver said he was trying to escape an attack by another person and truck company claimed that 14 year old was trying to climb onto side of truck and fell off. Police against us. Witness against us. Truck driver against us. We were able to show through biomechanical engineering and accident reconstruction that the truck driver was not telling the truth and that boy was actually in front of truck and not trying to climb onto the side of the truck. The witness turned out to be unreliable and this trucking company was made accountable
  • Bushey v City of Oakland

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $500,000.00 settlement
    Description:
    Bicycle rider encountered pot hole on Oakland street, causing him to fall and to sustain bad facial injuries including fractured jaw and dental injuries, necessitating surgery. We were able to prove that the pavement was improperly maintained and that the dangerous condition of public roadway caused our client's fall and serious injuries.
  • Labra v Singh motorcycle vs truck case

    Practice Area:
    Motorcycle Accident
    Outcome:
    $400,000.00 settlement
    Description:
    This was a disputed liability case where a driver of a pick up truck stopped at a stop sign, yet drove out directly into the path of our client the motorcyclist. The collision took place in a school zone but before school hours. While my client had no stop sign, forensic evidence from the scene indicated that he was either speeding or should have had ample time to stop before hitting the truck. We were able to combat the defense's forensic evidence with our own reconstruction and to obtain an excellent result for our deserving client.
  • Ellis vs Oakland Housing Authority

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2005
    Outcome:
    confidential settlement
    Description:
    This is a wrongful death case for the loss of a child in a fire. While the fire was accidentally caused by the child's mother, the smoke alarms installed by the landlord in the apartment were inadequate and also inadequately maintained and tested. The key to this case was that the defendant was using a different standard of testing for different apartments they owned and controlled. We were able to show that the smoke detector must not only be tested for battery strength but also for its ability to actually sense smoke.
  • Kenny S v Driver

    Practice Area:
    Brain Injury
    Date:
    Jul 17, 2013
    Outcome:
    1,750,000.00
    Description:
    Pedestrian struck in crosswalk suffers brain injury. Challenging because injured client had very benign employer who took him back to work and gave him a promotion six months after injury. Challenge was to prove that client had diminished earning capacity because he was and is such a high functioning person.