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ARTICLE ID 182249

$________ DURING TRIAL - MUNICIPAL LIABILITY - INTERSECTION COLLISION IN MUNICIPAL CONSTRUCTION ZONE - COLLISION RESULTS IN INCOMPLETE QUADRIPLEGIA - PLAINTIFFS ALLEGE THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK AND TRAFFIC PLAN RESULT IN THE COLLISION THAT INJURES PLAINTIFF.

Los Angeles County, California

In this municipal liability claim, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant city, its construction company and the company that created the traffic plan for the area were negligent and created a dangerous condition which resulted in the collision that injured the plaintiff. The defendants denied any liability for the plaintiff’s injuries.

On September 11, ________ a driver Pedro P. turned left onto Pearblossom Highway from Southbound 48th Street in the City of Palmdale. The driver’s pickup truck collided with the Ford sports utility vehicle being driven by the plaintiff. The plaintiff sustained injuries in the collision which rendered him an incomplete quadriplegic.

The intersection where the collision occurred was the site of construction work being performed for the town and the Palmdale Water District. The defendant, Choctaw Contractors, was performing the work and the defendant, Blue Sky, was responsible for drafting the traffic safety plan.

The plaintiff brought suit against the city, the water district, the construction company and the traffic plan designer alleging that the collision resulted from the driver’s vision being obscured by the construction cones and signage placed at the intersection. The plaintiff contended that the intersection in its state of construction disarray was a dangerous condition. It was the plaintiff’s contention that 48th Street, from where the driver came, should have been closed during the construction.

The defendants disputed the plaintiff’s allegations. The defendants maintained that the intersection was safe when used with due care. The defendants argued that the negligence of the plaintiff and the other driver were the sole cause of the collision and the plaintiff’s resulting injuries.

The matter was in the process of trial when the parties reached a total settlement of $________ during the jury selection process.

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