16 April 2013

Reason #453 why people hate lawyers

As if you needed any other reasons why people hate lawyers (h/t Ted Frank at Point of Law):
In the early hours of December 4, 1997, 15-year-old Joshua Daniel had the clever idea of throwing baseball-sized chunks of concrete at vehicles on Interstate 5 from the top of a canal levee. He hit three cars before he tossed a 2.5-pound chunk at a big rig driven by William Collins, going through the windshield, hitting Collins in the forehead, and leaving him in a coma. Daniel pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 years
Collins sued a deep pocket. Guess who
Yes, the manufacturer of the truck...
I also noticed this from  footnote 3 of the opinion. Can you spot the error?
The angle of windshields varies by type of vehicle. Heavy trucks are generally 27 degrees from vertical (63 degrees from horizontal), while passenger cars are more sloped at 55 or 65 degrees from vertical (45 or 35 degrees from horizontal).
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