Because no one witnessed Khunkhun’s death, the trial turned into a battle of experts to determine what happened. Attorneys Mohinder S. Mann, Gurinder S. Mann, and Bill Robins representing the family of Khunkhun conducted their own CSI-like investigation, the Manns said. They learned that the inspectors found no evidence to support their theory that the fire started within the cab. The attorneys retained an expert in fire origin and cause, who determined that the fire actually started underneath the cab, not within the cab. The law firm also retained an expert in truck mechanics, who determined that the transmission had been severely damaged as a result of leaks in the transmission. Further scientific testing established that the leaking transmission fluid had caused the fire and that the Defendant had been aware of a transmission leak, but failed to take appropriate steps to repair the truck. The verdict was reduced by 15 percent as a result of the jury finding that Khunkhun was comparatively negligent. “The Khunkhun family is grateful to the Jury in vindicating the driver, Amarjit Khunkhun and for holding the trucking company accountable for its actions,” said Gurinder S. Mann, co-counsel on the case. Despite the reduction, the jury award is nearly $3 million to Khunkhun’s wife and three children, who live in San Jose, he said.
“Not only is Khunkhun’s family grateful that the jury vindicated him, but “our hope is that the jury’s message will save lives in California and elsewhere, so that others will not suffer this tremendous loss,” Robins said.