Earlier this week we discussed the truck accident lawsuit that was filed by a Chicago area resident after getting injured when a truck driver ran into an Amtrak train. The accident made headlines across the country as at least six people were killed and dozens more injured. An investigation into the accident remains on-going, but new information is now being reported about the negligent truck driver that caused the collision.
According to USA Today, the man had at least two other citations for driving violations within the past few years. For example, in 2007 he was cited for slamming his semi into the back of a car that had stopped on a highway, injuring a family of three. The man and his trucking company were defendants in a truck crash lawsuit after that accident, and they settled the matter out of court.
The attorney who represented the family in that case explained the man “was at least a very distracted driver, if not a driver who’s conduct exhibited a disregard for the safety of others.”
On top of that accident, the driver had a string of speeding tickets. However, the timing of those tickets was spread out enough so that he did not lose his commercial driver’s license. Usually a CDL will be lost if a certain amount of violations are acquired within a short time period or if those violations are of a certain severity (such as driving more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit)
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many victims who suffered extreme losses because of the negligent driving on the part of truck drivers. It is imperative that all those who get behind the wheels of these rigs are properly trained and prepared to safely drive the machines at all times. There is no room for error, because even a single slip up can be the difference between life and death.
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