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Trucking Litigation

The lawyers at Watts Guerra have represented the victims of commercial trucking accidents for decades.

In 2012, our lawyers Frank Guerra and Will Maiberger tried a case against a trucking company arising out of a collision on an interstate highway in Arizona. The jury awarded our client, who had been rendered a quadriplegic by the crash, $30.6 million in damages. Total litigation expenses withheld were $117,000, and net client recoveries were $883,000.


The following are four examinations of various witnesses in the trial. There are animations shown to the jury, together with portions of the closing argument:





In 2006, Mikal Watts tried a case against both Toyota and a trucking company that caused the accident. In the accident between a large commercial truck and a small sedan, the truck caused massive damage to the Toyota vehicle, rendering a small child a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. The jury found the trucking company negligent. Following the trial, the trucking company settled the case for its policy limits.

In the late-1990s, Mikal Watts tried the case of a young man decapitated when his vehicle traveled under the trailer of an 18-wheeler that had jackknifed in the fog. Rather than putting out warning flares and triangles, the truck driver did nothing, causing the loss of life of our client. The jury found the trucking company both negligent and grossly negligent, and awarded $20 million in damages. Attorneys fees were $360,000, total litigation expenses withheld were $111,173.42, and net client recoveries were $428,826.58.

Over the years, Watts Guerra has achieved numerous truck wreck settlements totaling more than $194 million. Of these recoveries in trucking cases, total attorneys fees were $74,565,503, the litigation expenses withheld totaled $10,483,638, and net client recoveries were $109,737,050.

Case Type Injury Settlement Amount Attorney Fees Expenses Net to Client
Commercial Vehicle Accident Death 18,100,000 6,033,333 74,997 11,991,670
Fuel System Failure Death 8,000,000 3,200,000 300,161 4,499,839
Truck Wreck Brain Injury 7,775,000 3,110,000 310,000 4,355,000
Truck Wreck Death 6,900,000 2,760,000 353,187 3,786,813
Truck Wreck Death 6,242,069 2,296,828 207,596 3,737,645
Truck Wreck Death 6,006,250 2,199,050 191,851 3,615,349
Truck Wreck Death 6,000,000 2,400,000 9,682 3,590,318
Truck Wreck Death 6,000,000 1,932,400 68,303 3,999,297
Truck Wreck Death 6,000,000 2,400,000 164,541 3,435,459
Truck Wreck Death 5,974,396 2,389,758 258,212 3,326,426
Truck Wreck Death 5,836,500 2,000,000 163,404 3,673,096
Truck Wreck Death 5,305,299 2,122,120 290,138 2,893,041
Truck Wreck Quadriplegia 5,250,000 2,090,000 1,195,547 1,964,453
Truck Wreck Death 5,000,000 1,750,000 199,008 3,050,992
Truck Wreck Death 5,000,000 2,065,725 761,000 2,173,275
Truck Wreck Death 5,000,000 2,000,000 431,841 2,568,159
Truck Wreck Death 4,290,000 1,716,000 175,500 2,398,500
Truck Wreck Death 4,250,000 1,479,000 166,613 2,604,387
Truck Wreck Fractured Pelvis 4,114,256 1,645,702 17,092 2,451,462
Truck Wreck Permanent Physical Injuries 4,058,000 1,623,200 103,000 2,331,800
Truck Wreck Death 4,005,000 1,540,823 327,314 2,136,863
Truck Wreck Death 4,000,000 1,600,000 39,546 2,360,454
Truck Wreck Death 3,800,000 1,520,000 20,720 2,259,280
Truck Wreck Death 3,527,727 1,411,091 80,806 2,035,830
Truck Wreck Death 3,260,000 2,000,000 361,814 898,186
Truck Wreck Death 3,050,000 1,240,000 459,387 1,350,613
Truck Wreck Death 3,000,000 1,200,000 120,000 1,680,000
Truck Wreck Death 3,000,000 1,194,297 88,624 1,717,079
Truck Wreck Death 3,000,000 1,200,000 76,639 1,723,361
Truck Wreck Death 2,800,000 1,120,000 2,130 1,677,870
Truck Wreck Death 2,445,000 978,000 264,193 1,202,807
Truck Wreck Death 1,850,000 396,400 89,204 1,364,396
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 1,500,000 519,000 62,230 918,770
Truck Wreck Death 1,315,000 526,000 78,500 710,500
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord injury; Closed Head Injury 1,300,000 520,000 187,386 592,614
Truck Wreck Death 1,270,000 508,000 79,220 682,780
Truck Wreck Death 1,250,000 500,000 45,670 704,330
Truck Wreck Death 1,250,000 475,223 97,481 677,296
Truck Wreck Neck Injury 1,200,000 480,000 233,620 486,380
Truck Wreck Fractured Shoulder and Knee; Body Contusions 1,200,000 480,000 38,675 681,325
Truck Wreck Death 1,075,000 482,750 185,978 406,272
Truck Wreck Death 1,062,500 383,950 261,837 416,713
Truck Wreck Death 1,050,000 420,000 34,780 595,220
Truck Wreck Death 1,048,333 366,917 67,675 613,841
Truck Wreck Death 1,025,000 410,000 39,512 575,488
Truck Wreck Death 1,017,583 279,835 8,785 728,963
Truck Wreck Death 1,015,000 339,333 65,438 610,229
Truck Wreck Death 1,000,000 227,011 89,949 683,040
Truck Wreck Death 1,000,000 400,000 35,624 564,376
Truck Wreck Death 1,000,000 400,000 83,696 516,304
seat belt Death 2,900,000 1,160,000 364,825 1,375,175
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 1,200,000 480,000 55,317 664,683
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 1,085,678 434,271 115,095 536,312
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 1,750,000 588,510 234,065 927,425
Truck Wreck Death 975,000 390,000 13,273 571,727
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 900,000 360,000 155,522 384,478
Truck Wreck Death 900,000 360,000 95,707 444,293
Truck Wreck Death 835,000 334,000 67,982 433,018
18 Wheeler Struck Pedestrian Death 835,000 317,300 74,682 443,018
Truck Wreck Death 650,000 271,340 23,172 355,488
Truck Wreck Death 600,000 236,938 69,707 293,355
Truck/Pedestrian Accident Death 600,000 240,000 38,921 321,079
Truck Wreck Death 600,000 150,000 22,056 427,944
Truck Wreck Death 544,500 217,800 13,977 312,723
Truck Wreck Death 533,000 177,778 21,638 333,584
Truck Wreck Death 645,000 224,153 156,415 264,432
Truck Wreck Spinal Cord Injury 515,000 171,667 9,605 333,728
Settlement Amount Attorney Fees Expenses Net to Client
Total 194,786,091 74,565,503 10,483,638 109,737,050