On April 2005 at 5:45 a.m., while driving on US 29 in Centreville, Virginia (VA), the defendant made a left turn, blocking the plaintiff’s vehicle. Testimony from an eyewitness stated that the defendant’s tractor trailer was not visible at the time of the crash. The plaintiff suffered a transverse acetabular fracture, right-side rib fractures and a crush injury to the left wrist causing him to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery. The 38 year old also had a hip replacement and will now walk with a cane for the rest of his life. A suit was filed against the driver, his employer, and the owner of the tractor trailer in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia (VA). According to the Virginia Lawyers Weekly the suit alleged negligence “per se” based on numerous safety violations, including the failure of the driver and company to properly inspect the vehicle to insure that the trailer was equipped with proper safety equipment. After suit was filed the case was settled for $700,000.