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Plaintiff claimed tractor-trailer driver failed to yield right of way




Mediated Settlement

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arm, brain, brain damage, brain injury, face, facial laceration, fracture, nose, sensory, speech, tinnitus, traumatic brain injury
On Jan. 5, 2015, plaintiff Askanaz Sedrdakyan, 58, a retiree, was driving on the eastbound side of State Route 126, also known as East Telegraph Road, in Ventura County. His vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer operated by Guadalupe Lopez, who was coming from a dirt road onto the highway. Sedrdakyan, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, sustained to his head, face, back and left arm. Sedrdakyan sued Lopez and Lopez’s employer, Del Sol Harvesting Inc., which also owned the tractor-trailer. Sedrdakyan alleged that Lopez was negligent in the operation of the tractor-trailer and that Del Sol Harvesting was vicariously liable for Lopez’s actions. Plaintiff’s counsel contended that Lopez failed to yield the right of way to Sedrdakyan’s vehicle. Defense counsel contended that Sedrdakyan could have avoided the crash, but failed to do so. Counsel argued that Sedrdakyan should have seen the tractor-trailer and been able to brake sooner., Sedrdakyan sustained a fracture of his left distal radius and ulnar styloid. He also sustained acute compression fractures of the lumbar spine at the L2-3, L3-4 and L4-5 levels. In addition, she suffered a traumatic brain injury, and lacerations to the scalp and face. Sedrdakyan was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment. He ultimately underwent surgery on the left distal radius. Sedrdakyan claimed that suffers from tinnitus as a result of the TBI and that there is no cure.
Superior Court of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

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