Hirata, Atsushi v. Bradley, Julian

  • Court: Connecticut State, Milford Division, Superior Court
  • Case Number: AAN-CV22-6046592-S
  • Filed: April 1, 2022
  • Judges: Jason Welch | Matthew Frechette
  • Case Type: V01 – Vehicular – Motor Vehicles – Driver and/or Passenger(s) vs. Driver(s)
  • Cause: Collision

Parties Involved

  • Plaintiff(s):Atsushi Hirata
    • Counsel for Plaintiff:  Ikechukwu Umeugo
  • Defendant(s): Julian Bradley
    • Counsel for Defendants: Law Offices of A. Richard Mason

 Verdict Information

  • Verdict Date: April 10, 2024
  • Damages awarded to Plaintiff(s): $0

 About the Case


In a case involving a car accident caused by failure to grant the right of way, the plaintiff, Atsushi Hirata, was operating his 2015 Infiniti Q50 on August 26, 2021, around 11:02 a.m., when the defendant, Julian Bradley, failed to grant him the right of way while exiting Yale New Haven Hospital. This failure resulted in a collision that caused significant injuries to Hirata. The car accident occurred as Hirata was traveling eastbound on Cedar Street near its intersection with York Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Hirata was in the process of turning left onto York Street. Bradley, who was exiting the hospital located at 20 York Street, turned right. However, Bradley negligently failed to grant the right of way to Hirata, resulting in a collision with his vehicle.

It was argued that Bradley’s negligence, including his failure to yield the right of way in violation of Connecticut General Statutes § 14-245, was the proximate cause of the collision that led to Hirata’s injuries. Bradley’s careless and reckless behavior, such as failing to maintain proper control of his vehicle, failing to keep a proper lookout, and driving at an unreasonable speed, contributed to the accident and the subsequent harm suffered by Hirata.


As a result of Bradley’s negligence, Hirata sustained significant injuries, including neck and back injuries, headaches, and limitations in the rotation, flexion, and movement of his neck and back. These injuries have caused Hirata substantial pain and suffering and have impaired his ability to carry on his daily life activities and enjoy the quality of life he had before the accident.


Hirata has incurred substantial medical expenses for the treatment of his injuries. These expenses include costs for medical consultations, diagnostic tests, medications, physical therapy, and other necessary medical care. Moreover, it is likely that Hirata will continue to incur additional medical expenses in the future as he may require ongoing treatment and rehabilitation for his injuries.

In addition to seeking compensatory damages for his medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Hirata is also seeking other equitable relief deemed fair and appropriate by the court. This may include compensation for future medical expenses. It may also involve seeking compensation for loss of enjoyment of life. Additionally, Hirata may seek any other damages or relief that the court deems just and equitable under the circumstances.

Jury verdict

The jury has returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, indicating that they found the plaintiff’s claims unsupported and that the defendant is not liable for any damages. This decision means that the plaintiff will not receive any compensation or relief from the defendant.

Court Documents: Available upon Request