$8.1 Million Settlement for Motorcyclist Injured After Hitting Paper Roll Dropped On Freeway
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish and Deborah Chang, along with co-counsel Greg Vanni of Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell, obtained a $8,100,000 settlement for a 47-year-old man injured when his motorcycle hit a paper roll in a lane of traffic.
Sergio Jolon, was riding his motorcycle on the freeway one morning on the way to work when he hit a massive 5′ x 8′ roll of paper obstructing his lane of travel. He was catapulted into the air and suffered multiple fractures throughout his body, a traumatic brain injury, and permanent nerve damage. Firm attorneys argued that the paper rolls had been negligently loaded and secured onto the trailer, that the tractor-trailer was negligently operated and that, at the time of the incident, the roadway in question was impermissibly dangerous. Three defendants, including Caltrans, contributed to the settlement in the case.