Dump truck company ordered to pay $42 million in damages to two men who suffered brain injuries in Cleveland crash

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by Charles Miller

A Cleveland, Ohio jury awarded a $42 million verdict to two men who were injured in a November 2010 accident involving a dump truck collision on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. Brian English was driving a truck for Concrete Styles, and Jovanny Martinez was driving a Honda. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Joshua Rojas and Kiara Torres, were passengers in the Honda. The automobiles were headed east toward downtown.

According to Martinez, English cut in front of him, causing him to hit the dump truck. English argued the accident was caused by Martinez driving too fast. The right side of the Honda suffered the greatest amount of damage.

The two drivers were not injured. However, passengers Rojas and Torres were both seriously injured. Both men suffered extensive brain trauma and are blind in their right eyes.

Martinez later pled guilty to negligent assault in a criminal case regarding the accident and was placed on probation for six months. However, attorneys for Rojas and Torres in the civil lawsuit had an accident reconstruction performed to study and determine the cause of the accident.

Following a 10-day trial, a Cuyahoga County jury determined that Martinez was not negligent and instead the dump truck driver English was responsible for the accident. The jury awarded $34.6 million in damages for Rojas and $7.8 million in damages for Torres.

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As the lawsuit by Rojas and Torres illustrates, lawyers pursuing trucking lawsuits need to be prepared and able to spend time and money to properly develop the case. An accident reconstruction prepared by a qualified expert that will be admissible in court can be difficult and expensive. To properly prepare a case, an attorney needs to be ready to do whatever it takes. At times, it will be necessary to hire expert witnesses in the fields of trucking, trucking regulations, accident reconstruction and life care planning.

The last thing a victim of a trucking accident should do is entrust their case against a commercial truck or 18-wheeler to a lawyer with little or no experience with complex trucking accident litigation. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our attorneys have handled dozens of cases involving accidents with 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have helped achieve a $36 million verdict for the family of a teenager injured in a bus crash in East Texas. They have negotiated a $15 million settlement of a case involving an 18-wheeler accident that killed several members of the same family. They have also achieved verdicts or settlements of $7.25 million, $5.2 million, $5 million, and $1.8 million in other 18-wheeler cases, to name just a few.

Our attorneys work hard and spend what it takes to force the trucking companies and their insurers to take responsibility for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost someone in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by following the link to our website contact form to receive a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.