The lawsuit was filed after a June 2008 incident in which Randy Richards, a resident of Santa Clara County, California, sustained severe, permanent and disabling injuries when he was pinned between two vehicles on city property.
Mountain View, CA (Vocus) March 17, 2010
The California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE (http://www.BestAttorney.com)] have filed a lawsuit against the City of Mountain View, California, for dangerous conditions of public property. The lawsuit was filed after a June 2008 incident in which Randy Richards, a resident of Santa Clara County, California, sustained severe, permanent and disabling injuries when he was pinned between two vehicles on city property. The action was brought against the defendant by Randy and his mother, Martina Richards, who was witness to the incident. The lawsuit is pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, case #108CV131502.
Tragic Events Lead to Catastrophic Personal Injuries
According to court documents, on January 9, 2008, Randy was standing and working on a roadway in the City of Mountain View, just behind a lawfully parked pickup truck on Diericx Drive near Franklin Avenue. As he was loading the truck at the edge of the roadway, well out of the lane of travel for northbound vehicles, the driver of a car in the northbound lane suddenly lost control, veered into the lane toward the right, and collided with Randy and the parked pickup truck, pinning him between both vehicles.
In addition to severe emotional distress, Randy sustained catastrophic physical injuries , including the complete present and potential permanent loss of the use of his right leg, and its severe disfigurement and the future possibility of amputation. He also sustained the complete present and potential permanent loss of the use of his left leg and its severe disfigurement.
City of Mountain View Fails to Correct Dangerous Roadway Conditions
"Tragic as this incident is, what's even more tragic is the negligence and careless disregard demonstrated by the City of Mountain View for not correcting dangerous roadway conditions that had existed for some time," said Brian Chase, a partner at BISNAR | CHASE.
The suit alleges that the roadway where Randy was injured was wrought with a variety of dangers that created a substantial risk to him and to others who might use it for similar purposes. First, the presence of a concrete island in the center of the street narrowed the available path of travel for northbound cars, causing vehicles to veer further right than would normally be necessary. What's more, pooled rainwater on the roadway due to inadequate drainage caused slick driving conditions near the area where Randy was injured. Additionally, the street was configured in such a way that it created the illusion there was more driving room than actually existed. And the City of Mountain View, after being aware of habitual speeding and resulting similar accidents in that area, did not adequately or effectively control the speed of vehicles using the northbound lane.
The action seeks economic damages for Randy's severe and permanent bodily injuries and resulting permanent disabilities, past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, and past and future economic losses, as well as damages for Martina's severe emotional distress after witnessing the collision and her son's resulting injuries.
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