Blair v. Defendants
Our client was 49-year-old maintenance worker employed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at the time of the accident. On the date of the accident, our client was part of a work crew that was replacing road reflectors on a concrete median separating east and westbound lanes of traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The left, high-speed, lane of traffic was closed in order for the maintenance crew to perform their work and several signs were posted ahead of the closing, warning drivers to merge to the right because of the closed lane. Our client was standing in the back of a truck when it was struck by one of the defendants as he was trying to merge right from the left lane into the middle lane. As he tried to merge right, the defendant also struck a tractor-trailer, operated by the co-defendant tractor-trailer driver and owned by the co-defendant trucking company, as the tractor-trailer proceeded in the middle lane.
The first defendant driver was liable for negligently merging to the right while the co-defendant tractor-trailer driver was liable for failure to provide ample room or time for first defendant to merge safely. The co-defendant tractor-trailer driver did not move into the right lane quickly enough when he saw that the first co-defendant was attempting to merge into his lane.
Our client suffered permanent aggravation of a preexisting cervical disc herniation at the C5-C6 level as a result of the auto accident and was unable to return to his work with the Turnpike Commission.
The personal injury lawsuit was settled with both defendants before trial for $487,500. Philadelphia personal injury attorney, Richard M. Jurewicz, of Galfand Berger handled the auto accident case. For more information on this case, please contact Mr. Jurewicz at [email protected] or call the law firm at 1-800-222-USWA (8792).