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ARTICLE ID 187240

$________ Motor Vehicle Negligence – Multiple Vehicle Collision – Rear end collision – Ankle fracture – 5mm disc bulge at L5-S1 – Lumbar discectomy and fusions surgery – Ankle surgery.

Pomona County, CA

In this motor vehicle negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the other defendants were negligent in causing their tractor-trailer vehicles to collide into each other and then collide into the rear of the plaintiff’s tractor-trailer. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff was severely injured. He was diagnosed with a lumbar disc bulge that required surgery and an ankle fracture that also required surgery. The defendants maintained that the plaintiff’s brakes were not functioning properly and the defendant driver could not see the plaintiff’s truck slowing down. The defendants also argued that the plaintiff’s injuries were as a result of defects in the driver’s seat and therefore were not causally related to the collision. The defendants also disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The 50-year-old male tractor-trailer driver was operating his rig, a ________ Freightliner, eastbound on the SR-60 freeway on April 6, ________. The plaintiff brought his vehicle to a stop due to the stopped traffic ahead of him. His vehicle was struck by the first defendant’s tractor-trailer which in turn alleged it had been struck by the second defendant’s tractor-trailer, resulting in a three vehicle chain collision.

As a result of the collision, the plaintiff, who was seat belted, sustained serious injuries. He was diagnosed with a five mm lumbar disc bulge at L5-S1. He also sustained a fractured ankle. The plaintiff was transported via ambulance from the collision scene to the hospital. He was underwent surgery to repair the fracture to his ankle and subsequently underwent lumbar discectomy. The plaintiff incurred approximately $________ in expenses.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendants alleging negligence in the operation of his vehicle which resulted in a rear end collision and caused the plaintiff to sustain injuries. The defendants denied liability. The defendants contended that the brake lights on the plaintiff’s trailer were not properly functioning as seen in the defendant’s drive cam. The defendants claimed therefore that the defendant was unable to see that the plaintiff was slowing down. The defendants further argued that the plaintiff sustained an ankle fracture because the driver’s seat was defective and dislodged during the impact and slid forward striking the plaintiff’s ankle. The defendants further denied that the plaintiff sustained a lumbar injury due to the fact that the plaintiff did not seek any treatment for a lumbar injury until several months following the incident.The parties were able to resolve the plaintiff’s claims for the sum of $________ in a settlement prior to the trial in this matter.

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