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Bicyclist struck by tractor-trailer suffered traumatic injuries





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Not present

brain, coma
At around 7:20 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2014, plaintiff Francisco Salinas, 20, an employee of Select Staffing, was straddling his bicycle on the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Red Hill Avenue, which runs north/south, and Dyer Road, which runs east/west, in Santa Ana. He was stopped, waiting for a pedestrian light to turn green in order to continue to travel east along Dyer Road. At the same time, a 48-foot-long trailer truck owned by Allied Sales and Distribution Inc. was stopped at the intersection on eastbound Dyer Road with its right turn signal activated, as the driver was intending to make a long right turn onto Red Hill Avenue. When the pedestrian light turned green, Salinas proceeded on his bicycle into the crosswalk. However, the tractor-trailer driver also began to make a right turn and knocked Salinas over, sending him directly to the rear wheels. As a result, Salinas was run over by the truck, and he sustained serious torso and lower extremity . Salinas sued Allied Sales and Distribution Inc., alleging that the truck driver was negligent in the operation of the tractor-trailer and that Allied Sales was vicariously liable for the driver’s actions. Defense counsel contended that Salinas was looking down and not paying attention. Counsel also contended that Salinas stepped down into the crosswalk only after the truck had already began its turn., Salinas suffered multiple traumatic , including multiple open pelvic fractures with a disruption of the pelvic circle and severe internal . At the scene of the accident, Salinas complained that he could not feel his legs, as he bled from his mouth and anus. He was subsequently admitted to the Internal Care Unit at Western Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was intubated and sedated into a medical coma for approximately one month. Salinas was diagnosed with a Grade IV liver injury and a Grade III kidney injury. He underwent several surgical procedures, including a combined orthopedic and neurosurgery procedure to reconnect his spinal column to his pelvis. Salinas was ultimately discharged 100 days after the accident and was transferred to a long-term rehabilitation facility in light of his complex . Due to his post-hospital condition, Salinas will require continued specialized treatment. Salinas’ medical expenses incurred as a result of his initial hospitalization were beyond $580,000 and his medical bills continue to accrue due to him requiring specialized, 24-hour rehabilitation care and treatment. Thus, Salinas claimed that his total medical bills accounted for at time of mediation easily surpassed $1 million and would continue to accrue.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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