Motorcycle Accident Causes Severe Brain Damage, Part 1 of 4

The following blog entry is written to illustrate how a brain injury lawsuit could develop and resolve. Reviewing this summary should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this brain injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)


According to Plaintiff: Plaintiffs One, then age 47, and Two, then age 53, had been aircraft industry mechanics their entire adult lives until they purchased an auto-wrecking yard in Sacramento, California in June 2005. Close friends since the mid-1980s, they discovered the wrecking yard for sale while on a Sierra gold-mining vacation in the summer of 2004.

On June 24, 2006, after closing their wrecking yard for the night, plaintiffs got on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles and proceeded down the Sacramento Canyon. The purpose of the trip was to inspect a forklift located in Sacramento and which they contemplated purchasing for use in their business. At approximately 9:05 p.m., Plaintiff Two struck a wheel and tire assembly while riding on I-50 near the western end of the Sacramento Canyon. Approximately one minute later, Plaintiff One arrived on the scene and struck the same tire. Both men were separated from their motorcycles and sustained serious personal injuries.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

On voir dire, plaintiffs qualified CHP Sergeant Evan Girard as an accident reconstructionist and expert driver. Girard testified that no one, including him, could have avoided the wheel and tire assembly under the existing accident conditions. Defendants then withdrew experts Walter Name, Grass Valley, California (nighttime visibility) and Ted Atikins, Ph.D., Sacramento, California (human factors). Plaintiffs were prepared to counter Name and Atikins with expert testimony from Phil Kind, Folsom, California (nighttime visibility), and Kirk Zane, Ph.D., Roseville, California (human factors).

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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