With just a month shy before its trial date, a tractor-trailer accident lawsuit has been settled for an undisclosed amount, according to a report posted on BillingsGazette.com. A Chicago accident lawyer at our firm recently read the news report which detailed the fatal accident and its subsequent settlement. The accident initially transpired on the early morning of December 5, 2009.
According to the lawsuit, the semi truck driver had been operating for over 11 straight hours when the driver lost control of his commercial vehicle. The truck consequentially rolled over on its side, causing the commercial vehicle to partially block the northbound lanes of the interstate highway.
According to local authorities, the semi truck driver told police that he lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to veer in order to avoid striking a deer. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that post-collision, state troopers surveyed the area and were unable to find any animal tracks in the snow. Shortly after the overturn of the semi truck, a charter bus collided into the commercial vehicle.
The 61-year-old charter bus driver was killed instantly and over 28 passengers of the bus required advanced medical attention for broken bones and lacerations. The widow of the bus driver filed the truck accident lawsuit alleging that the semi truck driver failed to use flares or emergency triangles to alert drivers that his commercial vehicle was blocking the roadway.
Additional aspects of the lawsuit named the semi truck driver’s trucking carrier as a defendant. It was alleged that the trucking carrier hired the semi truck driver under the knowledge that the driver had previously obtained multiple traffic citations in his past. In addition to the settlement of the lawsuit that stems from the death of the charter bus driver, subsequent lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of the passengers of the bus.
The passengers of the charter bus assert that the 61 year-old bus driver contributed to the horrific collision because the bus driver was driving too fast for roadway conditions and appeared distracted during vehicle operation. Our Illinois accident attorneys learned that one passenger of the charter bus even approached the bus driver with his concerns over unsafe vehicle operation, but was told to return to his seat of get kicked off the bus.
Given the severe nature of Illinois trucking accidents, it is important to obtain knowledgeable and experienced legal aid if you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver. Please contact our attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.