UNSAFE LEFT-TURN CASE ANALYSIS
FACTS OF THE CASE:
Plaintiff was driving his Honda pickup truck eastbound . Plaintiff was travelling at approximately 25 to 30 miles per hour. Plaintiff proceeded through a green light at an intersection and was struck by a Volvo driven by Defendant as Defendant was westbound and making a left turn . Defendant was making an unsafe left turn since she did not yield to traffic and was in violation of California Vehicle Code §21801(a). Plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of this accident as outlined below.
Plaintiff was proceeding through a green light. As per Vehicle Code §21801(a), Defendant, who was attempting the left turn should have yielded to traffic proceeding straight. Property damage was initially paid by Plaintiff’s carrier but after Defendant’s carrier accepted liability, they reimbursed Plaintiff’s carrier.
NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES:
Plaintiff suffered trauma to his head, neck and low-back as a result of this collision. The day after the accident he sought treatment from his doctor. After a comprehensive examination, the doctor ordered x-rays and his diagnostic impressions were: Posttraumatic headaches, acute musculoligamentous sprain of the cervical spine, acute musculoligamentous sprain of the dorsal spine, acute musculoligamentous sprain of the lumbosacral spine, acute right shoulder contusion, acute left shoulder contusion, and posttraumatic neurosis. Based on said diagnoses, Plaintiff received physical therapy.
After the accident, Plaintiff was unable to return to his normal lifestyle. Prior to the accident Plaintiff was able to carry heavy items that his work required of him. However, due to the injuries sustained, Plaintiff was not able to carry heavy items. To date, Plaintiff continues to have neck and back pain when driving for prolonged periods of time. Due to the increasing discomfort, Plaintiff will be making an appointment with an Orthopedic Specialist.
This case was settled out of court, and the client got the money they deserved!
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