JLG Trucking, LLC v. Garza (Opinion)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff was involved in two car accidents three months apart. After the second accident, Plaintiff sued the opposing driver in the first accident, alleging that the first collision caused her injuries. Defendant contended that the second accident caused Plaintiff’s injuries. Because of the lack of expert testimony supporting Defendant’s theory and on Plaintiff’s pretrial request, the trial court excluded all evidence of the second accident on relevance grounds. The jury rendered a verdict for Plaintiff. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that evidence of the second accident was relevant to whether Defendant’s negligence caused Plaintiff’s damages, and the trial court committed harmful error in excluding the evidence and in refusing to allow cross-examination of Plaintiff’s expert on the subject. Remanded for a new trial.