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$5.8M Awarded to Cyclist who Suffered Leg Amputation in Collision with Tractor-Trailer

This is a settlement for the Bicycle Accidents lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: A personal injury lawsuit brought by a cyclist who lost his leg as a result of a collision with a tractor-trailer has been settled for $5.8 million.

James McClellan was 76 in 2008 when the accident occured. He was riding his bicycle in City of Industry when he collided with the tractor-trailer. He lost his right leg and suffered a fractured pelvis and bowel injuries. During his hospitalization, which went on for nearly 12 months, he suffered numerous complications. In his lawsuit McClellan claims he went from being a healthy, active individual to someone who now requires help with almost all of his daily activities.

McClellen sued the driver of the rig, Scully Distribution Services (which had an independent contractor agreement with the driver) and J.T. McKinney Co. Inc, which owned the trailer, alleging they were all liable for the collision. The eventual settlement included $4.8 million from Scully, $1 million from the driver, and $15,000 from J.T. McKinney.

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Published on Jul-21-11


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