$3.9 Million Trial Settlement – Failure To Install Guardrail Causes Paralysis When Roof Crushes
A 35-year-old mother from Lathrop, California, driving her Ford F-150 pick-up truck on the Altamont Pass Road, a rural two-lane road in Alameda County, was paralyzed when her vehicle went off the road on a curve, traveled down a steep embankment and rolled over, crushing the roof over her head. We contended that the road was in a dangerous condition for failure to install a guardrail at the curve and that her injuries were greatly increased by the roof collapse during the rollover. The case against Alameda County and Ford settled at the beginning of the trial. The settlement funds were used to purchase a handicap-accessible home and vehicle for the mother of two and pay for her living expenses the rest of her life.