Aspiring Architect Injured In On-The-Job Car Accident in Sacramento, CA, Part 1 of 2

The following blog entry is written to illustrate how a car accident lawsuit might follow. Reviewing this kind of case 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 car accident lawsuit and its proceedings.)


According to Plaintiff: On Dec. 20, 2001, plaintiff Jane Doe was working as a 42-year-old designer at an architectural firm and was a passenger in a car driven by her employer. They were on their way to an appointment at defendant wood supplier’s retail store located in Oakland. Defendant premises owner owned the subject real property along with the wood supplier business. Months prior, defendant owner had hired defendant Guy Maerk dba ABC Construction, a licensed general contractor, to renovate the wood supplier premises including work in the parking lot.

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

Just before the incident, plaintiff’s employer drove through an open gate into the wood supplier’s parking lot and started to drive across the lot, when the car went into an unmarked 3-foot-deep drainage ditch that bisected the lot, i.e. there were actually two separate lots on either side of the ditch. Plaintiff alleged she was leaning forward in her seat and was hit by the passenger air bag at a distance of only 5 to 10 inches. Plaintiff further alleged the separation in lots was concealed because (1) the far lot was a few feet lower in elevation and (2) defendant Maerk had removed car stops that had abutted the ditch and had seal-coated over the parking lot striping in the upper parking lot, both of which were alleged to have been the only visual cues to the existence of the ditch.

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

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