KCCI.com reports that the driver of semi truck has been charged in connection with a devastating fatal semi truck accident that transpired in late September. Police records state that the 43 year-old driver of the semi truck was traveling southbound on an interstate highway when he failed to stop at a traffic signal. A passenger vehicle carrying four occupants was traveling eastbound when the semi truck collided into the vehicle. The 86 year-old driver and one of the passengers were pronounced at the scene of the accident. The other two passengers were transported to an area hospital where they later died from their sustained injuries. The semi truck driver has been charged for failure to obey a traffic control device. If the driver is convicted, he will face a $1,000 fine, in addition to, license suspension.
The news article does not confirm whether the families of the deceased vehicle occupants wish to seek civil trucking litigation against the commercial vehicle driver. Looking at this case, from our experience as Chicago semi truck accident attorneys, the families may have a cause of action for a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are claims on the basis that the wrongful or negligent conduct of one person caused the premature death of another. In this particular case, the commercial vehicle driver’s failure to properly handle his vehicle in order to avoid a collision, in addition to, disobeying a traffic safety signal was a direct cause of the of victims’ fatalities. If the driver is found negligent, the families of the accident victims may be able to obtain damages including medical, funeral, as well as, burial expenses.
Due to the fact that semi truck accidents tend to substantially more severe in terms of damage, it is important to obtain experienced accident attorneys to help handle your claim. Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have expertly handled numerous personal injury and wrongful death claims for victims of any and all types of motor vehicle accidents and ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. Accident victims may also receive additional compensation for various damages including: lost wages, physical/emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact our Illinois wrongful death attorneys to see what legal rights may be available to you.