Two tractor trailers collide as one makes left turn across traffic in foggy conditions.
10% defendant Ryan Freitas; 90% defendant Shannon Bros. Co.
BD&J, PC by Shawn McCann and Lauren Horwitz, Beverly Hills.
Borton Petrini, LLP by Maurice S. Kane, Redlands.
Plaintiff's treating physicians.
Dawn Cook,RN, medical billing and life care planning.
Michael Klassen, M.D., orthopedic surgery.
Miranda Van Horn, RN, BSN, CLCP, medical billing.
Al Lowi, accident reconstruction.
V. Paul Herbert, trucking industry standards.
Kenneth Solomon, human factors and biomechanics.
Wei Chao, accident reconstruction.
Bob Malek, demonstratives.
Plaintiff was driving a tractor hauling two trailers. He was attempting to use a median left-turn lane from State Route 198 onto 2nd Avenue in Kings County to turn across multiple lanes of oncoming traffic. It was extremely foggy at the intersection and he turned after seeing several cars pass.
An oncoming tractor trailer hit plaintiff’s second trailer. Plaintiff’s accident reconstructionist testified that the speed at impact was 35 miles per hour. Plaintiff’s tractor was drivable after the collision.
That defendant driver was negligent in operating the tractor trailer, which caused harm to plaintiff.
That defendant driver’s employer, Shannon Bros. Co., negligently hired, retained, and employed the driver. That the employer ignored several violations in the defendant driver’s record, and failed to give the defendant driver any training whatsoever about operating the tractor trailer.
The employer defendant denied that they were responsible for training the defendant driver.
Defendant driver denied he was negligent in operating the vehicle.
Plaintiff suffered injury to his spine. He required chiropractic care, physical therapy, one epidural, a cervical fusion, and a trial placement of a spinal cord stimulator.
Plaintiff also claimed he suffered emotional distress and lost wages as a result of the collision.