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50 Year-Old Semi Truck Accident Victim Awarded $37M Settlement

According to ClarendonHills.SunTimes.com, a woman has been awarded a $37 million settlement stemming from a devastating semi truck accident that resulted in traumatic injuries. Our truck accident attorneys in Chicago read the article which detailed the initial accident in question which transpired in 2002 when an Illinois truck driver operating a semi tractor-trailer collided into the victim’s passenger vehicle on Interstate 80 – around 40 miles from the Illinois border. The accident rendered the 50 year-old victim a paraplegic – resulting in no use of her lower extremities and limited use of her upper extremities.

The accident victim later filed suit against the truck driver, the motor carrier the truck driver was under lease, as well as, two other additional companies that were involved in the transportation process. Court papers reveal that the victim alleged that the companies were engaged in a joint venture and the driver was an agent of that joint venture. Therefore, our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that it was alleged – and later confirmed by the jury – the concept of vicarious liability whereas the trucking companies had a right to control the truck driver actions and were responsible for the acts committed by the truck driver.

Shortly before the two week trial, the defendants offered to settle with the victim for $2.25 million. However, the jury ultimately awarded the accident victim $27,672,152.15. Divided up, the settlement awarded the woman $4 million for past and future medical expenses, $3.5 million for disfigurement, $750,000 for shortened life expectancy, $10 million for loss of normal life, $5 million for pain and suffering, as well as, $1.3 million for lost earnings. Additionally, the jury awarded the woman’s husband $2,319,203 for his loss of consortium claim and the woman’s daughter – who was also a passenger in the vehicle) $2,767 for her medical expenses, $181.25 for lost earnings, as well as, $800,0000 for her pain and suffering relating to her injury sustained in the accident.

Given the fact that semi truck accidents tend to be substantially more severe in terms of damages, it is important to obtain experienced accident attorneys to help handle your claim, Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have expertly handles numerous personal injury and wrongful death claims for victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including Illinois trucking accidents. Our attorneys ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. Accident victims are often able to obtain compensation for various damages mentioned above such as: lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.