In March of last year, Joe and his girlfriend were driving on Highway 55 northbound in St. Louis when another car swerved into their lane and hit the front of their car. Although they were injured, both drivers agreed to exit the highway at Broadway to exchange insurance information.
However, after they pulled off the highway, the other car drove off fast, driving the wrong way on South Broadway. Joe and his girlfriend tried to follow the car but lost it. They then called the police. They reported the license plate number as well as the car’s make and model. The police were able to find the driver. Because the driver was found, we could not make a claim for an uninsured motorist or a phantom driver. The City of St. Louis would not prosecute this case.
We decided to sue the owner of the vehicle. Through the process of finding out information, called discovery, we learned that the car was being driven by the owner’s daughter at the time. We claimed that the defendant owner negligently entrusted the car to his daughter. The daughter then stated in discovery that she was not driving the car; rather, an unknown friend was.
We continue to believe the defendant’s daughter is lying, and I look forward to proving that in upcoming depositions. Although it would be simpler for the daughter to admit she was the driver so that the case can settle, we won’t give up the fight chasing justice for our client.