A bloody road-rage brawl brought rush-hour traffic to a halt on the 405 Freeway Tuesday night in Huntington Beach, California – and it was caught on tape. See the ABC News story above.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen far too many instances of truck drivers dangerously engaging in road-rage and injuring innocent drivers. I recently settled a case for a return client whose first case was caused by a rock truck driver who purposefully swerved into my client and dragged him nearly a quarter of a mile. The truck driver then assaulted a witness before police arrived. That case was resolved for $750,000.00 after my client underwent neck surgery.
In the California case, the confrontation was between a driver of a big rig and commuter Richard Brun of Laguna Beach. The incident began on the 605 Freeway, headed to the 105 Freeway and ended on the 405 Freeway at Beach Boulevard.
“I was on survival mode. My whole life, I’ve put myself out there to protect my client and look out for the best interest of my client. Today, I was put to the test to look out for the best interest of myself,” said Brun, who has been a security guard for 25 years.
Brun said the confrontation began after the truck driver threw something at him on the 605 Freeway.
“He drove up next to me, threw some type of glass object at my vehicle. It blew up on my vehicle and then I proceeded and I called 911,” said Brun.
Brun said he got out of his car on the 405 after the truck driver waved a lead pipe at him, threatening to kill him.
“My whole objective was to make sure the police got this guy for fear of him doing this to somebody else,” said Brun.
The incident was recorded by Daniel Foote, who got out of his car with his cellphone in hand.
“It’s worth documenting and I think maybe people should see this stuff,” said Foote. “When a fight turns to someone carrying a lead pipe, that’s when people get killed.”
Officers eventually arrived and took the truck driver away in handcuffs. Brun is nursing cuts and bruises all over, but is grateful officers arrived before things got even uglier.