No Cause in Suits Over Plow Accident

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No Cause in Suits Over Plow Accident

(New Jersey Law Journal, April 15, 2013)

Jeffrey Scott

Felix v. South Jersey Transportation Authority; Mendez v. South Jersey Transportation Authority: An Atlantic County jury returned a defense verdict on March 27 in suits over injuries from a car's collision with a snow plow.

Juan Mendez lost control of his vehicle in the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector Tunnel on March 3, 2009, and hit the back of a plow stopped on the left shoulder, one of three South Jersey Transportation Authority plows parked while their drivers took a break.

He alleged that he suffered a facial scar and back injuries and passenger Colleen Curran claimed a traumatic brain injury. Mendez and Curran's guardian ad litem, Colleen Felix, each sued the authority and the drivers, seeking damages of more than $6 million and claiming an unsafe condition.

Defense experts said Mendez was driving at 35 mph, the speed limit but too fast for conditions. The jury found the defendants were not negligent.

The defendants were represented by Jeffrey Scott and Frank Allen of Archer & Greiner in Haddonfield. Curran's lawyer, Paul D'Amato of the D'Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, confirms the verdict. Mendez's lawyer, Robert Sandman of Hankin, Sandman & Palladino in Atlantic City, also confirms the verdict. Superior Court Judge James Savio presided at trial.

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