Recently, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a news report posted on CommercialAppeal.com detailing an out-of-court settlement that has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a devastating trucking accident that transpired last year. The accident in question transpired on April 8, 2011, when the accident victim was operating his large commercial vehicle along an interstate highway. An additional large commercial vehicle driver was traveling near the accident victim when he had a seizure – subsequently resulting in a fatal collision between the two semi trucks.
Court documents later revealed that prior to the fatal accident; the driver of the large commercial vehicle that caused the crash had a seizure during vehicle operation three weeks before fatal collision. The truck driver was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene and the doctor who examined the driver cleared him to resume vehicle operation. However, in a later deposition, our Illinois truck accident attorneys learned that the doctor testified that he was not informed of the earlier seizure.
Although the case was set to go to trial this summer, an out-of-court settlement was reached and the family of the deceased truck driver was ultimately awarded $9 million in damages. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that under rules regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, truckers suspected of a seizure are not allowed to resume an over-the-road truck driving job for up to 10 years. The article reveals that the defendant’s trucking company was obligated to take the driver off the road and due to their negligence; the accident victim succumbed to premature fatality.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that any time a truck driver or their trucking carrier deviates from the rules and regulations implemented by our state and federal government, the risks associated are almost always severe and life-altering. Large commercial vehicle drivers have a significant obligation to operate their vehicles with the utmost safety to avoid any type of collision that may result in property damage, personal injury, or even premature fatality. Additionally, trucking carriers have a substantial duty to ensure that their drivers safety operate their 80,000 pound vehicles on our nation’s roadways.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact our Chicago truck accident lawyers to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.