San Joaquin County Superior Court, Stockton, California
Trial Date: Sept. 2, 2006
Plaintiff Donald Mack, a 38-year old truck driver for USF Reddaway, Inc., was sitting in his cab at a truck stop fuel bay in Lodi, California. Another trucker, the defendant, was involved in an altercation in the truck stop restaurant, spilling out into the parking lot. The defendant attempted to flee the scene of this altercation by exiting the truck stop entrance. He swerved at the last moment and struck the rear trailer of Plaintiff’s rig, knocking him from the driver’s seat onto his head on the passenger floorboard. Defendant trucker then fled the scene of the incident.
Plaintiff Mack sustained two herniated disks in his lumbar spine, requiring laminectomy/discectomy surgery.
The jury was out 90 minutes after three-week trial.
Attorney Edward Babbitt was awarded Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award in 2007 for prosecuting this case.
Pretrial Offer: $25,000
Pretrial Demand: $500,000