Case #3: Tanker Truck vs Car Injury Collision

You Be the Judge and Jury - Law Offices of David AziziA big tanker truck, a small white sedan, and a dangerous collision with injuries and property damages on a very light night of freeway traffic.

The Big Questions We Need Answered From You

  • Who is responsible and “at fault” for the collision?
  • Should the injured sedan victim be compensated? And if so, for how much?


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You Be The Judge & Jury Episode #3 - Tanker vs SedanThis is your chance to view the evidence and make your decision on the case! YOU BE THE JUDGE AND JURY Case #3: The Tanker Truck vs Sedan Injury Collision Your decision to make: 1.Who is at fault in this collision? 2. If applicable, what amount of money damages would you award the injured passenger of the sedan? Not convinced either way? Comment with your judgment below and tell us why you made your choice. You can read full details and take the official survey to make your ruling on this case at this link below: https://www.azizilawfirm.com/you-be-the-judge-and-jury/case-3-tanker-vs-sedan2020-01-13T11:10:12.000Z

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Parties Involved

  • White Hyundai Sonata (Driver) – Injury Claim & Lawsuit Filed
  • Grey Tractor-Trailer Tanker Truck (Driver) – Injury Claim and lawsuit for knee injury has been resolved
  • Witness Testimony – Not Part of Collision. Perpsective of collision as viewed by driver of a third vehicle
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Actual damage to white sedan after collision with truck

The Basics of the Case

A white Hyundai Sonata sedan and a grey tractor-trailer tanker truck were involved in a nighttime collision traveling northbound on California SR-14, just south of the Sand Canyon Road exit in Santa Clarita, CA – Los Angeles County. Serious injuries and property damage occurred for both drivers. The truck driver’s claim has been resolved. But this case now deals with the Sedan Driver who has filed an injury claim and lawsuit.

Should the Sedan Driver be compensated for damages that resulted from the collision? That’s for YOU to decide!


Full Details of the Case

Case #3 Name: 
The Tanker Truck vs Sedan Collision Injury Case

Location of Collision
Santa Clarita, CA – Northbound on California State Route 14, south of Sand Canyon Road.

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Documented Injuries / Damages Sustained By Sedan Driver

$275,000 of costs to date for:

  • Ambulance Transfer from Scene of Accident
  • Physical Therapy (2 Cycles)
  • Pain Management Care from Physician
  • MRI – Findings Reveal:
    • C2-C7 cervical disc protrusions
    • Cervical spine straightening
    • C3-C4 annular tear
    • C6-C7 annular tear Surgery performed for disc replacement of C5-C6 and C6-C7 vertebrae
  • Injections for spine
  • Surgery: Two-level Disc Replacements
  • Additional Surgical Expenses: Pre-op doctors, anesthesiologist, assistant surgeon, neurosurgeon visit for 2nd opinion
  • Annual follow up of spine injuries with possibility of future surgeries, and pain management specialists which would provide injections into spine for pain relief.
  • Possible future surgery at C4-C5 location ($150K per surgery)
  • Loss of future earnings affecting career – can no longer engage in professional MMA fighting at peak of his career. Average 2018 salary for MMA fighters was $68,500, with potential for successful athletes to make millions.

Medical Illustrations of Sedan Driver’s Spine & Disc Injuries

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Police Report – Description of the Collision

Here are the original statements as written down by the police officer at the collision scene:

PARTY ONE (P-1) – WHITE SEDAN

P/1 was driving Vehicle #1 (V-1,Hyundai) on SR-14 northbound, just south of Sand Canyon Road in the #3 lane at approximately 65 mph. P-1 related he just passed the construction zone and he wanted to change into the #2 lane. P-1 looked to his left to see if it was clear. When P-1 looked ahead, he observed a tractor’s trailer in front of his location. P-1 was not sure if the tractor-trailer was in the #4 lane or the #3 lane when he collided into the back of the trailer. After the impact, P-1 pulled into the center median.


PARTY TWO (P-2) – DOUBLE TRAILER MACK TANKER TRUCK

P-2 was driving Vehicle #2 (V-2, Mack) on SR-14 northbound south of Sand Canyon Road in the #4 lane at 55 mph. P-2 related he felt an impact from the rear and pulled into the right shoulder, P-2 related he did not change lane.


WITNESS #1 (W-1) – CAR NOT INVOLVED IN COLLISION

W-1 related he was about 150 feet behind P-1. W-1 related V-2 was in the #4 lane and V-1 was in the #3 lane. W-1 related it looked like P-2 was changing into the #3 lane while P-1 was changing into the #4 lane at the same time. W-1 related it looked like “the big rig ran over” the front of V-1.

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Animated image of white sedan and tanker truck on freeway

Sworn Deposition Testimony of Party 1, Party 2 and Witness

Below are the sworn deposition testimonies that were provided during the litigation phase of this case.

PARTY ONE (P-1) – HYUNDAI SEDAN

P-1 states he was driving at night at approximately 10:30pm, heading N/B on SR-14 in lane #3 and that traffic was very light. States he had headlights on at the time and traveling at a speed consistent with the flow of traffic. P-1 states he wanted to move from lane #3 to lane #2 (to the left), checked driver-side mirrors, then looks over shoulder to see if any vehicles are in blind spot, and when he looks back, notices a large tractor-trailer cutting into his lane, lane #3, without signaling, causing the collision. States that the truck cut him off and collided into his vehicle.


PARTY TWO (P-2) – TRACTOR TRAILER TANKER TRUCK

P-2 states he was driving truck on the night shift heading to Tehachapi at approximately 10pm, heading N/B on SR-14 in lane #4 (farthest right) and that traffic was very light. P2 states he was driving approximately 55 mph in lane #4, checking mirrors every 10-20 seconds.

P-2 states he was driving straight and intended to continue driving on the freeway without exiting. States he made no lane changes, and felt tractor moved to the left. States he corrected the path of truck once it moved back to the right. States that the sedan rear-ended his vehicle, going underneath the left side of the trailer. States only after collision did he see the sedan as it was carried away on a tow truck.


WITNESS #1 (W-1) – CAR NOT INVOLVED IN COLLISION

W-1 stated he was with girlfriend (passenger asleep) and they were driving to her father’s home at approximately 10pm, heading N/B on SR-14 in lane #1 (carpool lane) and that traffic was very light and roads were dry. W-1 states that upon coming over hill, sees truck and sedan from 200-300 feet away, and witness is traveling approx 70 mph and gaining on two vehicles (sedan /tractor-trailer) involved in collision. W1 states that P1 (white sedan) has blinker on, signaling to move into lane #4 (to the right).

W-1 states P2 truck in lane #4 did not have blinker on. W-1 states vehicles traveling in lane #4 require a lane change to remain on freeway because lane funnels into exit. Truck driver was compelled to change into lane #3 to remain on freeway. States truck began to move into lane #3 without signal. States it appears that both vehicles were intending to make a simultaneous lane change. But when actual collision occurred, the sedan was still entirely in lane #3 and tractor moved into lane #3 running over the front of sedan, causing the engine to fall out of sedan and oil spilling over freeway.



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