Our Chicago truck accident attorneys recently read a news report detailing a wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of an elderly woman who was killed in a devastating trucking accident. According to the news report, posted on DesMoinesRegister.com, the accident occurred last September when a passenger vehicle carrying four elderly women – who were on their way home from a 95th birthday party – was struck by a large commercial vehicle. A subsequent crash investigation revealed that the commercial vehicle driver had admitted to running a right light at the intersection prior to the fatal accident that killed all four women.
The relative of one of the accident victims has filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver, as well as, his employer. The lawsuit alleges that the semi truck driver showed “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others using the same road as his employer’s trucks.” Our Illinois truck accident attorneys learned that the wrongful death lawsuit also asserts that the trucking carrier showed repeated problems with leaky brakes, in addition to, a number of other maintenance issues. According to the lawsuit, the trucking carrier’s records for vehicle maintenance violations were worse than 71.4 percent of all federally authorized motor carriers between December 16, 2009, and December 16, 2011.
The wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for hospital bills, pain and suffering, as well as, the diminished value of the deceased’s estate “had she lived out the term of her natural life.” Additional aspects of the court papers reveals that reimbursement is also being sought to the women’s sons for the “loss of parental services and support, companionship, comfort, guidance, affection, aid and society, which losses will continue in the future.”
Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti have fought for the legal rights of those who have been harmed as the result of the negligent acts by all types of vehicle drivers. Semi truck drivers are required by law to operate their vehicles at an increased level of safety in order to ensure the safety of the traveling motor public. Often times, failure to maintain the safety of a semi truck, such as in the above mentioned case, results in devastating and life-altering consequences. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our accident attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.