October 5, 2010

Chicago Woman Killed After Truck Driver Fails To Stop

by Levin & Perconti

A Chicago man and his two sons today are mourning the loss their mother and wife, following a tragic truck accident that struck this weekend in Minnesota reports KARE 11 News.

Sophie Mitzel was traveling with a family friend and her sister to visit her elderly mother who was about to undergo serious heart surgery. While driving on I-94, their minivan came upon slowed down traffic on the interstate. Another vehicle had caught fire and was on the side of the road. The vehicle in flames on the road’s shoulder had brought traffic to a crawl.

Unfortunately, a truck driver behind the minivan was not paying close enough attention to the roadway. The driver did not anticipate the slowed traffic, and instead of stopping, the vehicle slammed into the back of the minivan. The impact was so severe that it caused a chain reaction, with three other cars ultimately begin dragged into the tangled wreck. All told several people were injured, and both Mitzel and the family friend were killed.

As one investigator into the crash explained, “It was a very violent crash. Based on the amount of damage and the amount of vehicles involved, obviously (the semi) was still traveling at a fairly high rate of speed.”

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to be saddened by the number of truck drivers who refuse to abide by all safe driving techniques, placing themselves and all other drivers at risk. It is imperative that these reckless drivers and the trucking companies that allow them to remain on the roadways take responsibility for the harm they inflict with their careless driving following truck crashes. These several ton machines traveling at 60 miles an hour or more simply cannot be driven without extreme concern for the travelers around them. There is no excuse for failure to abide by ordinary degrees of care, caution, and concern.