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Truck entering highway from wrong side, caused crash: plaintiff





Result type

Not present

ankle, fracture, knee, patella
On March 29, 2018, plaintiff Hector Aleman, 45, a salesman and service provider, was motorcycling on the eastbound side of State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, south of Carbon Canyon and near Malibu. He struck the left side of a truck that was being driven by James Goetze, who had been parked on the eastbound shoulder and was attempting to cross to the westbound side of the roadway. Aleman fell onto the roadway, and he suffered of an ankle and a knee. Aleman sued Goetze and the truck’s registered owner, Goetze’s business, MG Plumbing Inc. The lawsuit alleged that Goetze was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. The lawsuit further alleged that MG Plumbing was vicariously liable for Goetze’s actions. Aleman’s counsel contended that Goetze had been parked facing traffic and was therefore liable for having entered the roadway in the wrong direction. Defense counsel conceded liability. The trial addressed damages., Aleman suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his left knee’s patella. He also suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his left ankle’s talus. He was transported to a hospital, where he underwent minor treatment. He did not require surgery. Aleman claimed that he suffers residual joint pain, that he would require replacement of his left knee, and that he would require fusion of his left ankle. He sought recovery of future medical expenses, damages for past pain and suffering, and damages for future pain and suffering. The defense’s expert orthopedist opined that Aleman would not require further treatment.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Chatsworth, CA

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