Plaintiff Receives $1.73 Million After Severe Trucking Accident
This was a Motor Vehicle Accident involving an 18-wheeler and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). The plaintiff ran into the back of an 18-wheeler that was stopped on the shoulder of I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish. The accident was found to be the fault of DOTD for not properly demarking the shoulder and the trucking company for having an illegally parked tractor and trailer on the shoulder of the eastbound I-10 on-ramp. The tractor and trailer was parked between five (5) “No Parking” signs lining the shoulder. The truck driver violated the law on several accounts by: failing to turn on his hazard lights; parking with his running lights on; failing to place the required advanced warning devices, failing to operate his trailer without the proper safety reflective tape; and parking tractor and trailer within 500 feet of the curve from the northbound entrance to said on-ramp. The driver had also fallen asleep in his tractor’s sleeper berth. Plaintiff Richard suffered multiple facial and groin lacerations, bilateral pulmonary contusions, right wrist fracture, left femur fracture, ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, severed medial collateral ligament, posterior capsule injury to his left knee, surgery to repair his right wrist, and surgery to install a rod in his left femur following the accident. Because of his injuries he was prevented from continuing his training as a boat captain.
$625K Recovered After Severe Vehicle Collision
This was a serious vehicular collision caused by a tractor-trailer driver, who admittedly failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Highway 95 at a flashing red light and stop-sign. Despite slamming on her brakes and taking evasive maneuvers, which left thirty (30) feet of skid marks, Plaintiff was unable to avoid the accident. As a result of this accident, Savoy suffered severe injuries, including a severe right hip fracture described as a “comminuted posterior wall plus posterior columnar acetabular fracture” requiring a subsequent surgery, specifically, an “open reduction, internal fixation, right posterior wall plus posterior columnar acetabular fracture and removal of fragments from within the hip joint”. She also sustained a fracture in her upper arm area (left humerus); this injury also required surgery with internal fixation.