Driver had been driving all night and was less than 15 minutes away from exceeding the 10 hour commercial vehicle driving limitation when the accident occurred.
Online PR News – 09-June-2014 – San Jose, CA – Attorneys Robert Allard and Lauren Cerri of the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard in San Jose, CA announce a $925K settlement (Alameda County Case #RG13700493 ) for a young Bay Area woman involved in an accident with a dump truck. The woman was nearly crushed to death by the truck, which crossed the center line in the roadway, crashed into and landed on top of her vehicle. She survived the ordeal but is left facing a lifetime of pain and scarring on her face.
In the early morning hours of August 20, 2013, the young woman was traveling to her second day of training as a possible accountant. Likely because he fell asleep, the truck driver defendant lost control of his vehicle, veered to the right onto the sidewalk, and then over-corrected by veering sharply to his left across the median into oncoming traffic and head-on into her vehicle. She suffered a C2 fracture, which was treated with a halo, along with injuries to her head and face.
Defendants Sukhdip Singh and Guru Trans Inc. admitted liability for causing the collision but contested her injuries. “We believe that facial scarring and permanent neurological deficits in my clients face as worked up by plaintiff’s retained experts made the difference,” said attorney Robert Allard.
Mr. Allard's investigation discovered that the driver had been driving all night and was less than 15 minutes away from the place of his employment and exceeding the 10 hour commercial vehicle driving limitation when the accident occurred. The driver denied falling asleep, while conceding that there was no medical or mechanical condition which could have contributed to the collision.
"The young woman is not the same person she was,” Allard said. “She gets emotional very easily and oftentimes feels sad and depressed. She is not excited about the future the way she once was because she is uncertain of the effects that her injuries will have on her body as she ages."
Mr. Allard and Ms. Cerri are involved in several high profile truck accident cases aimed at holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions and to help make roadways safer for motorists. Earlier this year, the two received a $9.27 million jury verdict for a young woman whose child was killed when a big rig truck rear-ended another vehicle and pushed it directly into the oncoming path of traffic. Mr. Allard and Ms. Cerri held both the truck driver and Caltrans responsible for the accident.
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The truck injury accident attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard have a national reputation and a proven record of helping victims and their families recover from truck injury accidents. Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is included in the US News & Best Lawyers - "Best Law Firms" law firm rankings. All three of its name partners, Bradley Corsiglia, Timothy McMahon and Robert Allard, have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and also designated as "Super Lawyers".