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Settlement reached in San Diego trash truck case

The case of 10-year-old Luke Acuna—the child who was struck by a trash truck in November 2011 in North Park—versus the city of San Diego reached a tentative conclusion on Monday, May 20 with an $18.5 million settlement.

The then nine-year-old, who was skateboarding when the trash truck suddenly collided with him, suffered multiple fractures in his body and the loss of a leg due to amputation.

According to the claim filed for Acuna, the driver of the tractor truck made a “dangerous and illegal turn near an elementary school,” thus causing the collision at the intersection of Kansas Street and Meade Avenue. The lawsuit alleged that the city did not adequately train the driver.

San Diego’s representative lawyer Jim Baratta of Irvine said although the city felt that evidence wouldn’t prove the driver was at fault, it also felt that “it was in the best interest of everyone to resolve the case without the trial.”

After being hit by a truck driver, whether due to the driver’s own error or the negligence of his or her trucking company, you may be suffering from both physical and emotional repercussions. In such a situation, our lawyers at Ritter & Associates may be able to help you get compensation for the losses and pain you’ve sustained. Call 619-296-0123 to learn how we can help you.

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