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$2,800,000 Auto Versus Truck | Wrongful Death

In April, 2017 Attorneys Arash Homampour and Armine Safarian settled an Auto versus Truck | Wrongful Death case for $2.8 million against the Defendant.

Facts

On Dec. 6, 2013, the Plaintiff and her husband were traveling southbound on US 93 when they attempted to pass a truck driven by the Defendant which was owned by the Defendant's employer. After entering the northbound lane, the Plaintiffs collided head on with another Plaintiff, who was traveling northbound on US 93. Two of the Plaintiffs sustained fatal injuries. The other Plaintiff sustained serious injuries.

Plaintiff's Contentions

Plaintiffs contended that the Defendant would not allow them to pass his truck and was playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with the Plaintiffs, who in turn became frightened and tried to pass his truck to get away from the Defendant. Plaintiffs contended that the Defendant, as a professional truck driver, knew that motorists would be afraid to travel near his truck, that he could pull over and let them pass and that the Plaintiffs were attempting to pass him for miles. Although he admitted that he witnessed the deadly head on collision to his left, the Defendant did not stay at the scene and did not preserve evidence relating to his driving contained in the truck's event data recorder. Plaintiffs alleged that the Defendant's employer was liable for the actions of the Defendant and that it failed to preserve evidence.

Defendant's Contentions

Defendants contended the Plaintiffs were the sole cause of the incident when they decided to illegally enter the northbound lane into oncoming traffic. Defendants claimed they were not involved in the incident because the Plaintiff vehicle never made contact with Defendants' truck.

Injuries

The surviving Plaintiff suffered a concussion that resolved, orthopedic injuries, emotional distress, and loss of consortium due to her husband's death. The Plaintiff's children suffered the loss of their father.

Result

The Homampour team were able to settle with the Defendants for $2.8 million. Although this allowed the Homampour team to secure a sizable figure for the Plaintiffs, it can not replace the loss of a husband and father.


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$4,500,000 Auto Versus Truck

$4,500,000 Auto Versus Truck

In April 2017 Attorneys Arash Homampour and Scott Boyer settled a particularly tough Auto versus Truck case for $4.5 million against the City of Los Angeles.

Plaintiff, a 53 year old man (at the time of incident), had a great career and life that he loved. Prior to the incident, he was active and enjoyed working as a union truck driver for television and motion pictures. However, all of that changed when Defendants failed to use due care by parking their City tractor and 43 foot long trailer illegally in the middle of Los Feliz Blvd.

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Self-driving trucks -- the wave of the future?

Self-driving trucks -- the wave of the future?

Imagine a fleet of self-driving trucks on the highways. Proponents tout the concept as a way to reduce vehicle emissions while reviving manufacturing here in America and boosting productivity. They also that claim these trucks can reduce fatalities from traffic accidents. However, the jury is still out on that claim.

For commercial trucks to be fully automated, there will have to be many changes to their design. A semi truck is by far a much more complex mechanism than a passenger car, and there are inherent difficulties in their navigating narrow streets and alleys in urban areas.

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Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend

Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, there will be many vehicles on the freeways and streets as families and friends gather for fun and to commemorate those who lost their lives in the defense of our country.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics showed that in 2012, 377 individuals lost their lives nationwide over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. Whenever there is an uptick in the number of vehicles clogging the roads, the risk of highway fatalities rises precipitously.

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How can I keep my teen safe on prom night?

How can I keep my teen safe on prom night?

As your teenage sons and daughters head off in all of their finery for their end of the school year proms, it is important to remind them to keep safety foremost in their minds.

This can be difficult to do, given the predilection of youth to engage in risky behaviors fueled by peer pressure and drugs and alcohol. But when your children's safety hangs in the balance, it's important to discuss risk reduction strategies.

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Let us negotiate your settlement with a trucking company

Let us negotiate your settlement with a trucking company

When you get into a collision with a commercial semitruck on a California road or freeway, the odds are not in the passenger vehicle's favor. Chances are good that if you do survive, you will have catastrophic injuries that may lay you up in the hospital for months or even leave you permanently disabled.

Even if your injuries are not quite that severe, it is very likely that you will have ambulance fees, emergency room charges, lab tests, x-rays, MRIs, physical therapy and other costs associated with your treatment and rehabilitation. You might miss work or have to take a pass on lucrative career opportunities because you are just not able to manage while recovering from your injuries in the collision.

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Myths and realities of driving commercial trucks

Myths and realities of driving commercial trucks

At one time in America, truck drivers had a well-earned reputation as "knights of the road," for their propensity for helping stranded motorists and giving free rides to hitchhikers.

Those days have come and gone, partly because the sheer volume of traffic makes it unsafe for a big rig to pull over on the side of the road and also because of trucking companies insistence that their drivers adhere to impossible delivery schedules. But truckers can still abide by safety rules to keep them and others sharing the roads much safer.

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Did the trucker in your wreck falsify his or her logs?

Did the trucker in your wreck falsify his or her logs?

Everyone knows that it occurs sometimes — long-haul truckers falsify log books to bring their driving time into compliance with federal regulations for Hours of Service.

When drivers sign each logbook entry, they are certifying that their entries accurately reflect the hours driven. Falsifying driving records can get truckers and trucking companies prosecuted.

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San Jose Greyhound bus wreck claims 2 lives

San Jose Greyhound bus wreck claims 2 lives

A spokesperson for the San Jose Fire Department reported that two passengers died and numerous others were injured when a Greyhound bus driver fell asleep behind the wheel while northbound on the 101 earlier this week.

The bus, with at least 20 people aboard, flipped on top of the median dividers around 6:40 a.m., as it passed through San Jose on its way to points north. The impact sent the bus sliding into safety barrels. In addition to the two women who died, eight were transported to area hospitals, with at least one in serious condition.

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Truck and train collisions can injure other drivers too

 Truck and train collisions can injure other drivers too

When trains collide with big rigs on the tracks, it instantly becomes an extremely hazardous situation. The high-velocity debris field generated from the impact can maim or kill drivers and passengers in cars even quite some distance from the original impact.

Professional truck drivers must stay alert for changing conditions that have a significant impact on the lives of others on the road or elsewhere in their vicinity. The railroads are aware of the hazards of vehicular collisions with trains, and address them, in part, with programs like Operation Lifesaver. This program provides both passenger vehicle drivers and professional truckers with safety tips for navigating highway-rail train crossings.

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