Earlier today, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read an article in WDay.com reporting a semi truck driver who has been criminally charged for causing a fatal semi truck accident. The accident, which transpired last December, occurred when the 65-year-old semi truck driver failed to stop at a red light at an intersection – ultimately colliding with a van carrying four occupants. The accident resulted in the death of the 8 and 5-year old passengers. The driver and the children’s father, as well as, his 3-year-old child sustained injuries that required a week long hospital stay. The semi truck driver has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of aggravated reckless driving. The driver has been sentenced to jail for one year with 305 days suspended. He will also be required to serve 18 months of probation, as well as, 100 hours of community service that emphasis on highway safety.
When the operator of a large commercial vehicle fails to adhere to traffic signals, the results are always disastrous. Semi truck drivers are required by federal and state law to safely operate their vehicles with a standard of care. When this standard of care is violated and an accident ensues, the truck driver and their company may be held liable for negligence. When this type of negligent driving causes an accident that results in a fatality, the driver and company may be subject to a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to facing possible criminal charges.
Our experienced Illinois truck accident attorneys have handled cases involving semi truck accidents. We recently obtained a record $6.5 settlement for the accident victims of an Illinois semi truck accident. Due to a negligent truck driver, who was later found to be under the influence of marijuana and operating an overloaded trailer, an Illinois family suffered a devastating loss in an accident that killed a woman and severely injured her husband and son. Our lawyers can help victim’s family members, as well as, those injured themselves seek justice against the negligence of wrongdoers.
Our Illinois personal injury attorneys provide qualified legal representation to those whose lives have been significantly altered at the hands of a negligent driver. Our attorneys ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. We hold truck drivers, as well as, their companies liable for their failure to safely operate large commercial vehicles. Victims of these accidents may be able to seek compensation for various damages including: loss of wages, pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a semi truck accident, please contact a Chicago accident attorney to help evaluate your case.