Recently, our accident attorneys in Chicago read a news report posted on MadisonRecord.com detailing a negligence lawsuit that has been filed after a violent 2010 semi truck accident. The accident in question transpired in December 2010 when a passenger vehicle was traveling east on Interstate 270 in Chouteau. As the passenger vehicle crossed the Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge, the motor vehicle’s car stalled. The driver subsequently pulled off onto the right side of the roadway to take care of the disabled vehicle. According to court documents, a semi truck driver traveling behind the disabled vehicle crashed into the passenger vehicle while the driver and his passenger were still inside.
Shortly thereafter, local authorities cited the semi truck driver for improper lane usage for his role in the Illinois trucking accident. The negligence lawsuit contends that the truck driver failed to allow enough room between the commercial vehicle and the disabled vehicle to pass safely. The motor vehicle’s driver, as well as, his passenger names both the truck driver and his trucking carrier as defendants in the lawsuit. A jury trial is sought and the two seek an unspecified amount in damages for medical expenses, loss of income, as well as, court costs.
Each and every year, our Chicago truck accident attorneys handle a wide variety of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, including those involving large commercial vehicles. Due to the sheer size and 80,000 pound weight of semi tractor trailers, any accident in which they are involved have the increased possibility to be substantially devastating and tragic. With over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year – according to the United States Department of Transportation – victims of these types of accidents often sustain serious harm that may include, but is not limited to; broken bones, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries, as well as, injuries to the spinal cord.
When drivers of large commercial vehicles fail to heed proper safety precautions when operating their semi trucks and an accident ensues, the driver – as well as his/her trucking carrier – may be held liable for negligence or in accident involving fatality – wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident you believe was caused by driver negligence, please contact a Chicago truck accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti. It is important to seek experienced legal guidance as soon as possible to help maximize your claim.