$6 MILLION SETTLEMENT – TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES CAUSED BY DANGEROUS ROAD

The centerline paint and reflective pavement markers on a curve on the French Camp Turnpike near Sixth Street in Stockton, California, were faded, missing and obscured.  A father operating his car with his two minor children in the back seat was unable to determine the position of an oncoming vehicle driven by a drunk driver that appeared to have crossed over the centerline into his lane, but had moved back into the correct lane and a collision occurred.  The father was unable to see which lane the oncoming vehicle was in because of the faded and obscured centerline at the curve in the road.

The City of Stockton contended the sole cause of the accident was drunk driving by the oncoming vehicle that crossed over the centerline.  The drunk driver had minimum insurance of only $30,000.  We proved that the City of Stockton failed to properly maintain the centerline according to Cal Trans standards.  The severely injured children received structured settlements that have provided for their medical care and needs.