Lawsuit Filed After Death of USC Student Leads to Community Outrage

A first year graduate student at USC was killed in a crash with a DPS officer Miguel Guerra on December 3, 2015.  Guerra was going at least three times the legal speed limit on campus at 69 mph when he crashed into Kelsey Dresser cars killing her. She was turning into campus when the crash occurred.  Officials say she died from head injuries in the hospital the following day.

Investigators state that Guerra had been working graveyard shifts back to back and this more than likely would have made his reaction time slower than normal.  Also two empty energy drinks were found in his car.

The parents of the deceased student had previously launched a lawsuit against Miguel Guerra for negligence and speeding.  He was also charged with vehicular manslaughter in July.

Recently Dressers parents filed a second suit against the school stating that USC inadequately trained the Department of Public Safety officer and played a part in their daughter’s death.  Dresser had a bright future and graduated from the university in 2014 with a degree in psychology.  At the time of her death she was working as a research assistant at an autism center and was a strong advocate for mental health awareness.  She had just begun her graduate studies in marriage and family therapy when her life was tragically cut short. accident_2

“Our officers dedicate themselves to protecting out students, staff, faculty and everyone who visits the University,” the statement said.  “This is an unprecedented and heartbreaking event for our department.  We offer our deepest condolences to Kelsey’s family, friends, classmates and faculty.”

When any young life is cut short it is a great loss to their family and society.  When someone gets behind the wheel of a car it is a tremendous responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  This officer acted irresponsibly and drove while he was tired and it ended up costing a beautiful young girl her life,” says Matthew Jacobs, member at one of Florida’s top wrongful death law firms,

crash2If you or a family member have been victimized in an accident through no fault of your own the first step is to contact a personal injury law.  Find a firm that has experience, and you can trust, because the process can often be long and hard to weather.  They will schedule a consultation and after be able to tell you what course of action is best for your specific situation.  If there are grounds for a civil suit, then your attorney will inform you and begin filing the appropriate paperwork to get things moving.  It would be impossible to navigate this process alone.  Once the paperwork is filed, your attorney will move into the negotiation phase, where most civil suits are settled.

Accidents, whether intentionally negligent or not are life changing and leave families with physical and financial deficits.  Your John Bales Attorneys will be able to at least help you be compensated for items like medical bills, and burial cost.  It is hard to lose someone but financial issues make the burden worse.

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Which Qualities Should Have a Good Lawyer

When you happen to need some help from a lawyer, then there are some things you should definitely pay attention. This applies to all domains of the lawyer and his professional attitude, but also his personality and behavior. Therefore it is very important that you take care of all the details before you hire, so you will not later regret.


Anyone who knows a little bit more, and know that the acquisition of titles lawyers needed the bar exam, and then obtain a license for independent practice law activities. When you’re already faced with a dispute of any kind, the last thing you need is a fake lawyer.

Therefore, it is considered completely normal and even desirable that you, as a potential client at the first meeting request to see his work permit. Lawyers who even remotely keep up their profession to certificates and diplomas which are acquired mainly a conspicuous place and it is most often on the walls of his office. Of course, not to boast about them, but because clients can enter as soon as you see from whom they came. In this way you avoid a little unpleasant situation that you need to look for certificates and licenses.


Every qualified lawyer has his own expertise or specialized in a particular area. He may be an expert in one of the following categories of law: international law, labor law, civil law, tax law, the law on litigation or criminal law. These are the main categories, there are sub-categories. Just keep in mind that the lawyer becomes the specialized for a particular area of law, first by experience, or that had a large number of items belonging to one of the categories.

Personal Qualities

Personal qualities that should be on the priority list in most cases depend on the client. If you want an experienced attorney, you should have in mind that they often do not pay much attention to customers, in the sense in which they do beginners. Beginners mostly treat their clients like children, are compassionate and particularly attentive to them. Therefore it is very important to decide whether you want to hire a professional and someone who has done years of experience, and whose attitude you may not like or someone who has no experience or have very little, and will be particularly attentive to you and full of compassion.


Credibility can be related to different spheres of certain lawyers, not only in professional life. It can be upgraded to the story of satisfied clients, for example, but also very quickly be undermined. No lawyer could acquire and retain their customers, and that is not a professional and reliable.



Did he\she answer on your e – mail, messages or calls as soon as possible? Did respect the agreed deadlines? A true professional will certainly take care of these things. Well, let’s say if you know his phone for some reason will not be available, a debited his colleague to answer calls and the like.


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