Zurich, Lloyd’s to Pay $13 Million Settlement in Calif. Freeway Accident

October 24, 2002

39-year-old Philip Dohrman will receive a $13 million settlement stemming from a legal dispute with trucking company Allied Systems Ltd. and a tire servicing firm, according to the Associated Press.

Dohrman, of Huntington Beach, Calif., suffered brain damage and blindness from an accident that occurred on Jan. 9, 2001 on the Santa Ana Freeway in Irvine.

A wheel of a tractor trailer flew off its axle, colliding with the cab of Dohrman’s truck. The 200-pound tire allegedly had not been secured correctly to the truck.

Dohrman alleged that the truck driver had not been properly trained to check the truck’s wheels. His lawyer said service records revealed that the tractor trailer had not had a maintenance check for 180 days, although the requirement is 90 days.

Dohrman is unable to drive and or hold employment due to his disabilities.

A lawyer for Allied alleged that a contractor working for the company had over-tightened the lug nuts, cracking and weakening them.

Zurich Financial and Lloyds of London insure Allied and the tire servicing firm, and will pay the settlement in installments.

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