October 9, 2010

Truck Accident Lawsuit Ends With $62.7 Million Settlement

by Levin & Perconti

Fleet Owner News reported this weekend on the conclusion of a long-running legal battle following an unfathomable truck accident tragedy.

The settlement was reached just one day before trial was set to begin between the families of 8 victims and the owner of the negligent truck, AWG Grocery. Specifically, the victims were alleging that the truck driver was negligent in his driving and the company itself had an inadequate fatigue management program—both of which contributed to the a deadly truck accident.

When the accident occurred the truck driver had just returned from a vacation and was adjusting to a new work shift. While behind the wheel of the big rig roughly 10 hours after his shift had started, the driver came upon backed-up traffic that had been caused by an earlier accident. The driver failed to see the slowed traffic at all, however, and ended up hitting amn SUV at the end of the traffic line. The semi was traveling at 69 miles per hour when the impact occur. That high speed ultimately caused an extreme chain reaction, with the semi itself traveling forward and hitting three additional cars. The other cars crashed into a livestock trailer which then hit another vehicle.

All told 10 people were killed and several others were injured in this terrible truck tragedy. A settlement was reached with families of 2 of those killed, and this last $62.7 million settlement involved the families of the 8 other individuals who died following the truck crash.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have earned many settlements for victims following harmful truck accidents. The mix of emotions that many families experience following these accidents makes it difficult to consider the legal necessities in the crash’s aftermath. Contacting a truck accident lawyer ensures that experts in the process of dealing with crash investigation, insurance issues, and possible negligence suits are put to work for you and your family.

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