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Defendant failed to yield for stop sign, plaintiff alleged





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brain, concussion, head
On Feb. 18, 2011, plaintiff Qais Haider, a student in his 20s at San Jose State University and a member of the Afghani Men’s basketball team, was driving on northbound 11th Street in downtown San Jose when he entered the intersection with Vestal Street and was struck by a vehicle operated by Feng Wang, who was eastbound on Vestal Street. The road conditions were wet, as it was raining that day. Haider sustained to his head, neck and back. Haider sued Wang, alleging that Wang was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. Plaintiff’s counsel noted that Wang had a stop sign at her direction of travel, but that Haider did not. Thus, counsel contended that Wang caused the accident by failing to yield for the stop sign. Defense counsel contended that Haider was traveling between 40 and 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Thus, counsel contended that Haider caused the collision by speeding., Haider sustained a concussion and soft-tissue neck and back . He was subsequently taken to a hospital. Haider later complained of continuing headaches and underwent a CAT scan a few weeks later, but it was negative. He ultimately treated his spinal with physical therapy and chiropractic care. Haider claimed that his condition was essentially resolved after two or three months, but that it took longer to get back into basketball shape. Thus, he alleged that he lost his spot on the basketball team due to his pain and his inability to train or get in shape during his recovery.
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara, CA

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