Lawyers and Settlements reported last week on a large jury verdict given to the victim of a tragic Chicago truck accident. The lawsuit stemmed from a 2004 crash involving a sports utility vehicle and a Chicago Department of Transportation utility truck.
Following the accident both drivers suffered injuries. As is common when a larger vehicle hits a smaller one, the SUV driver suffered the more serious injuries. He was permanently paralyzed as a result of the truck crash. The size of the bigger vehicles acts in certain cases as a barrier that provides more protection its driver while inflicting more damage on the smaller cars caught in the crosshairs.
The two vehicles collided at an intersection, with both the SUV driver and IDOT truck driver claiming that the light was green when they went into the intersection. Following the trial the jury returned a verdict finding that the IDOT truck driver was 95% at fault for the crash. The victim was ultimately awarded $23.8 million due for the losses he suffered.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are saddened by all truck crashes that take severely injure either the driver of the large machines or other individuals on the road. There is no question that these crashes are tragedies that should be avoided at all costs. Sometimes an accident can occur without warning or clear fault. However, upon further investigation, there are often acts of negligence that is avoided would have prevented the damaging accident. It is important to contact a truck crash lawyer to help you sort through these issues if you have been involved in any of these crashes.
See Our Related Blog Posts: