March 24, 2012

Woman Awarded $11.5M Settlement After Raisin Truck Crash

by Levin & Perconti

Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our office read a news report detailing the settlement of a negligence lawsuit stemming for a tragic 2010 commercial vehicle accident. According to the news report, posted on FresnoBee.com, the accident in question transpired on September 17, 2010, when the 41 year-old accident victim was traveling along an interstate highway to water her oldest son play in a football game. The woman was following behind a semi tractor-trailer owned by a raisin company along the interstate highway.

During travel, the tractor-trailer’s load shifted, causing a piece of iron from the trailer to hit the roadway’s pavement and ultimately crash through the victim’s passenger vehicle windshield. In an unfortunate turn of events, upon crashing into the windshield, the piece of iron collided into the right side of the woman’s skull and brain. Our accident attorney in Chicago learned that the victim lost control of her passenger vehicle and crashed into the highway’s median divider.

Upon admittance to an area hospital, our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that the woman was “at the lowest coma scale you can be at and live.” The 41 year-old had to undergo emergency surgery to save her life. She suffered traumatic brain injury, serious behavioral impairment, as well as, a personality change as a direct result of the accident.

The article reports that the victim maintains no memory of the accident, in addition to, the month before the accident and six weeks afterward. Since the devastating accident, the woman has experienced multiple seizures, including two during the month long trial. As a result of the seizures, the woman has lost her driver’s license and has been unable to return to work as a special-assignment teacher.

Our Chicago accident lawyer learned that at the conclusion of the lengthy trial, the jury awarded the plaintiff $11.8 million. The verdict was divided into money for past and future medical expenses, past and future earnings losses, as well as, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Additionally, the 12 member jury awarded the woman’s husband $350,000 for damages incurred as a result of his wife’s accident.

If you have been involved in a devastating and life-altering accident such as the one previously mentioned, please contact our Illinois truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will provide a free legal consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.