Jury Verdict Summaries from the National Association of State Jury Verdict Publishers

The following statistical analysis of vehicle negligence trial results was prepared by NASJVP member Trials Digest of Oakland, California. Trials Digest compared Los Angeles County (an urban Southern California county), with Alameda County (an urban Northern California county in the San Francisco Bay area), and with the State of California as a whole.

In a survey of over 250 vehicle negligence cases that went to trial in California during 1995, Los Angeles County jurors awarded considerably higher damages than Alameda County jurors or jurors statewide. Of 72 trials in Los Angeles, plaintiffs prevailed 39 times or 54% of the time. This was consistent with the frequency of plaintiff verdicts in Alameda County (60%) and statewide (61%). However, the average plaintiff verdict was $942,398 in Los Angeles compared to $238,675 in Alameda and $471,621 statewide. The median plaintiff verdict in Los Angeles was $91,835 compared to $33,500 in Alameda and $25,924 statewide.

CountyPlaintiff $# P# D# Total% PMedian $Average $
Alameda$2,148,074961560%$33,500$238,675
Los Angeles$36,753,52339337254%$91,835$942,398
CA State$72,629,5791549825261%$25,924$471,621

#P = Number of Plaintiff Verdicts; %P = Frequency of Plaintiff Verdicts; Median $ = Median Verdict Amount of Plaintiff Verdicts Only; Average $ = Mean Average of Plaintiff Verdicts Only.

For more information regarding this analysis, call (510)420-1800 or e-mail brady@trialsdigest.com.

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