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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.


Jack-knifed semi injuries three, kills one on I-805

At least three people were injured and a 36 year-old man was killed Sunday morning when the driver of a semi-truck lost control and jack-knifed across all northbound lanes of Interstate 805 near 47th Street. According to UT San Diego, the 36 year-old man was traveling from the Lincoln Park area when his vehicle collided with and became lodged beneath the jack-knifed semi. He was killed instantly.

Two victims were taken to the UCSD Medical Center while the third was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Their conditions and injuries were not released. California Highway Patrol closed the interstate for two hours following the crashes while emergency workers used the jaws of life to remove passengers from their cars. At this time, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

No matter how minor, car accidents are scary for everyone involved. Accidents with 18 wheelers and semi trucks are even more terrifying because of the power and size behind the vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, one in nine traffic deaths in 2008 involved trucks.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck collision that was caused by a reckless driver or negligent trucking company, an attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. A personal injury lawsuit can bring the responsible parties to justice and help you obtain the financial compensation you need to move on with your life.


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