Trucking Accident Trial Results

At Brock Person Guerra Reyna, we have tried hundreds of cases over the years, too many to include in this website. We have, however, chosen to include each of those cases governed by a jury verdict where the amount sought was in excess of $500,000. It is important to note that we have included every case tried under this broad category, not just select verdicts.

Ramirez v. Transportation Services, Inc. (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff, a minor, was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding was involved in an accident with a fully loaded 18 wheel TSI tractor trailer on an interstate highway. The Plaintiff alleged that the accident was caused by the Defendant's negligence and failure to follow the mandates of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $10,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,800,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Kennedy v. Grocers Supply Company (Bexar County) Decedent had a vehicle break down on IH-10 near Kerrville, Texas. Plaintiff alleged that the decedent was killed when Defendant's 18 wheel tractor-trailer veered onto the shoulder and struck decedent. The lead investigating DPS Trooper testified that the Defendant driver admitted he was fatigued and had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before. He reconstructed the accident and determined that it took place on the shoulder. Defendant claimed that the decedent was partly in the lane of travel when he was struck. The lost wages were $600,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $125,000. The jury returned a zero verdict for the defense, assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff.

Luna v. Acme Brick Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was on his way to work and operating a motor vehicle which became disabled in the travel lanes of an interstate highway. Defendant, who was driving a fully loaded 18 wheel tractor-trailer, was traveling in the same direction as Plaintiff. Defendant struck and killed Plaintiff as Plaintiff was attempting to exit his vehicle. Defendant had his cruise control set at the speed limit (65 mph) in light rain and fog, which Plaintiff alleged was too fast for the conditions. The economic specials were $350,000. The Plaintiff sued on a negligence theory and asked the jury to award $5,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Pearson v. DeBoer, Inc. (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident when he was rear ended on an interstate highway by a fully loaded 18 wheel DeBoer tractor trailer. Plaintiff was transported to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. He was not able to return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $1,415,000 and the lost wages were $828,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $4,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,200,000. The pre-trial offer was $350,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Rose v. Rush Truck Centers (Webb County) Decedent Rose was involved in a fatality accident with an 18 wheel tractor trailer. The estate and survivors of the decedent sued Rush Truck Centers alleging that they failed to properly inspect and repair the subject tractor trailer prior to the fatality accident and that it was the primary cause of the occurrence. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $3,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $200,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Fore v. Vulcan Materials Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was proceeding through an intersection with the right of way when a cement truck turned in front of her. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant failed to yield the right of way. The investigating officer, the accident reconstruction expert, and two eyewitnesses testified that Plaintiff had the right of way. Defendant contended that their driver had a protected turn arrow and that Plaintiff had enough time to avoid the accident if she had applied her brakes before entering the intersection. The specials were $72,500. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. The pre-trial demand was $300,000. The pre-trial offer was $15,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Sowders v. TIC United (Western District of Texas) Plaintiff was rear ended on an interstate highway by a fully loaded 18 wheel tractor-trailer being driven by an employee of Defendant. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant was inattentive and following too closely. The investigating officer cited the Defendant as contributing to the accident. Defendant's driver claimed that Plaintiff cut in front of the tractor-trailer during heavy traffic and that an emergency was created. The past specials were $325,000. The Plaintiff sued on a negligence theory and asked the jury to award $1,300,000. The pre-trial demand was $475,000. The pre-trial offer was $325,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Leija v. Laredo Paving Company (Maverick County) Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident when she was rear ended on a state highway by an 18 wheel LPC tractor trailer. The Plaintiff injured her jaw and neck, undergoing surgery. She did not return to work after the surgery. The medical specials were $70,000 and the lost wages were $350,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $325,000. The pre-trial offer was $45,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Solis v. Pepsi Cola Bottling Company (Maverick County) Plaintiff was rear ended by a fully loaded 18 wheel Pepsi tractor trailer while driving on an interstate highway. The tractor trailer was driven by an operator with a documented history of seizures who blacked out (but who was allowed to drive). The Plaintiff, a laborer, suffered five herniated discs and could not return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $75,000 and the lost wages were $525,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $750,000. The pre-trial offer was $350,000. The jury returned a verdict of $436,000 in favor of the Plaintiff.

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