Vehicles - Truck vs. Auto

Defendant disputes disc injury after rear-ender. $1.1M. Riverside County.

Heavy dump truck strikes vehicle at stop sign. Defense claims low-impact accident.

  • Case Name: Manzo v. LGS Transport, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Liability disputed after defendant tries to unsafely pass a semi, causing plaintiff to crash. $408K. Fresno County.

Defendant maintains he did not cause the accident, a head-on collision with the rear axle of a semi-truck.

  • Case Name: Ricardo Salcedo v. Porfirio Amaya
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Semi tractor trailer hits plaintiff's vehicle three times in sideswipe collision. $1M. Kern County.

Extent and treatment of back injuries contested at trial.

  • Case Name: Jonely Alce v. AMRI Transportation, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 04, 2021

Defendant admits liability in high-speed intersection accident but disputes injuries. $2.5M. Orange County.

Tow truck strikes vehicle after failing to stop at traffic light.

  • Case Name: Maria Barraza v. Hadley Tow; Matthew Ginther
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pickup truck driver strikes car with family of three. $70M. Kern County.

Serious injuries to thee family members when pickup truck with trailer strikes their vehicle at intersection.

  • Case Name: Tomasa Cuevas, Alejandro Cuevas, Maritza Cuevas v. Ajit Singh Rai dba Rai Transport
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dump truck collides at intersection with teenager's vehicle. $1.5M. San Diego County.

Plaintiff says at scene that he doesn't require treatment, later claims back injury.

  • Case Name: Stephen Kluthe v. Charles Doherty Concrete
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Semi-truck cuts off plaintiff. $3M. San Bernardino County.

Trucking company admitted liability but contested the extent of future medical damages. A large excess-liability policy was discovered during trial.

  • Case Name: Jillian Liwag v. Lowey Enterprises, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 31, 2018

Dump truck pulling a trailer veers into plaintiff's vehicle. $1.6M. Sacramento County.

Dump truck driver sideswipes small car and says he did not realize there had been a collision.


  • Case Name: Robert Earl Anthony Venkus v. Santiago O. Nolasco, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 02, 2018

Collision between auto and semi-truck. Defense. Orange County.

Both drivers were making right-hand turns when they collided.

  • Case Name: Melissa Hays v. Alma Renteria, Robertson's Transport
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 29, 2018

Passenger in Prius hit by big rig on freeway suffers from chronic neck and back pain. $7.8 M. San Bernardino County.

Plaintiff beats 998 and gets substantial non-economic damages in verdict when defendant trucker claims plaintiff's driver was at fault.

  • Case Name: Takemura v. Pacific Tank Lines
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Plaintiff who had been drinking suffers injuries after his car is hit by truck. $990K verdict. Los Angeles County.

A driver who had been drinking says freeway accident was caused by trucker, not him, and that a subsequent impact from a third vehicle was caused by that vehicle's negligent driver.

  • Case Name: Ruben Lee Minjarez v. Robert G. Guss, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

$17.4 million to 27-year-old filmmaker after crash; defense claims no objective evidence of brain injury. San Diego County.

Ph.D. candidate who had already produced several movies claims his life/career will never be the same after brain injury and head pain following auto accident.  Defense says brain damage claims are unfounded.

  • Case Name: Sheaffer v. NuCO2
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Asphalt truck collides with plaintiff's car. Multiple fractures. $2 million. Santa Barbara County.

Liability is disputed when auto and asphalt truck collide, causing plaintiff's vehicle to hit a tree.

  • Case Name: Maryanne Knight v. Ramsey Asphalt Construction Corporation, Estate of Melvin E. Dworak III
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

$1.2 million award to young driver for neck and back pain with surgery following rear-ender. Sacramento County.

Logging truck rear-ends car at low speed but with heavy impact. Female, 19, has surgery for cervical injury but pain persists. Jury awards $1.2 million.

  • Case Name: Elliott v. Lewis, Rick Vance Trucking, and Rick Vance
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 19, 2013