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$2.6 Million for Bicyclist Struck by City Sanitation Truck

Read more about this $2.6 million settlement and how Lou DeVoto successfully represented RD’s client.

What actually happened?

$2.6 million settlement on the day of trial against the City of Clifton for damages sustained by RD’s client who was cut-off by a city garbage truck while approaching an intersection on his bicycle. RD’s client landed under the truck and sustained fractures to his arm and shoulder. Additionally, he sustained scarring to his face. And, was subsequently blinded in one eye from a medical complication that arose during one of his scar revision surgeries. The defense claimed that RD’s client caused the crash. Moreover, the defense claimed that he was also at fault for not wearing a helmet.

Discovery uncovered that a substitute driver was driving the trash truck that day and that he did not know the route but was relying on his passenger to guide him. RD then hired an accident reconstructionist. The accident reconstructionist determined that the truck driver’s inattention caused the crash. And, that the failure to wear a helmet, which is generally a preference and is safer, would have actually led to more severe injuries. This is because the result of it would be our client’s head getting stuck under the rear axle of the truck causing catastrophic injuries.

Conclusion of the Settlement

They reached a settlement shortly before jury selection was to begin in Passaic County. Lou DeVoto represented RD’s 46-year-old client. It was the 18th highest settlement in New Jersey for the year.

Contact Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. for responsive legal help today at (856) 354-0900.

Lou and Andy Named to Best Lawyers

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Lou DeVoto and Andy Rossetti have again been named to New Jersey's Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation. This is the 15th year in a row that each attorney has been named in the elite rankings.

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