After a fatal trucking accident took the life of their daughter, the family of the accident victim has filed a lawsuit against numerous construction and trucking companies for their alleged role in the accident. According to a news report released earlier today on The Sacramento Bee Online, the fatal accident transpired in January of last year when the 35 year-old accident victim was crossing a pedestrian walkway only a block away from her home. The woman was walking across the cross walk when she was struck by a 21,000 pound dump truck. The devastatingly tragic accident continued as the woman was fatally severed in half upon collision and subsequently dragged by the dump truck.
In addition to the recently filed lawsuit alleging negligence and recklessness, our Chicago accident attorneys learned that the dump truck driver was arrested at the scene of the fatal accident and charged with multiple counts, including: failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, as well as, driving with a suspended license. At the root of this tragic accident, the case raises serious concerns about the construction that was being conducted at the scene of the collision. According to the news report, the contractors are believed to have been cutting corners and regularly comprising the safely of the public and the roadway.
The complaint in this accident lawsuit alleges that the dump truck was being operated and controlled in an improper, reckless, and unskillful manner by an individual was a deficient driving record and in a manner that did not follow that driving route and other safety requirements that had been implemented by the contractors of the roadway. In order to save time and money, it is alleged that the dump truck driver and others working on the construction project had been permitting shorter, yet more dangerous routes for drivers to operate. An additional aspect of the lawsuit reveals that all of the defendants, both construction and trucking companies, were aware that dump trucks hauling excavated material from the construction zone were not adhering to the designated truck routes.
When these types of devastating accidents occur, it is important to have the utmost legal experts on your side. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of negligent driver, please contact our accident lawyers in Chicago to see what legal rights, representation and relief may be available to you.