(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this car accident/personal injury case and its proceedings.)
SUMMARY OF THE FACTS
This matter stems from a three-car accident which occurred on September 21, 2004 at approximately 9:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of the 5 freeway in the city of Sacramento. At the time of the accident, Jack Brown was driving alone in the course and scope of his employment with Miranda Towing in a 1993 Chevy tow truck. Mr. Brown was traveling in the number five of six lanes eastbound on the 5 freeway.
Tony Lee was alone in his 2002 Ford Ranger and was in the number four lane on the eastbound side of the 5 freeway. Plaintiff Milton White was alone in his 1979 Porsche and was in the number three lane on the eastbound side of the 5 freeway.
Mr. Brown was traveling in the number five lane at approximately 60 miles per hour when a large tractor trailer started merging into his lane from the right. In order to avoid the merging tractor trailer, Mr. Brown activated his turn signal and moved his vehicle into the number four lane, which was occupied by Mr. Lee’s Ford. Mr. Brown looked in his rear-view mirror and saw Mr. Lee’s Ford prior to making his lane change and there was plenty of room for him to move safely. After Mr. Brown merged into the number four lane, he watched Mr. Lee’s vehicle in his rear-view mirror.
Mr. Lee continued to approach the rear of Mr. Brown’s vehicle at a high rate of speed. As Mr. Lee reached the rear of Mr. Brown’s vehicle, Mr. Lee applied his brakes suddenly and swerved into the number three lane, striking plaintiff’s Porsche. The tow truck was not contacted by either Mr. Lee’s vehicle or plaintiffs vehicle. Mr. Brown heard, but did not see, the collision between Mr. Lee and plaintiff. (See Part 3 of 5.)
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