Recently, MercuryNews.com released a news report detailing the settlement of a trucking accident lawsuit stemming from a devastating garbage truck accident that left one man severely injured. The accident in question transpired in 2007 while the 52-year-old accident victim was a garbage collector for Waste Management. While on a job at a airport, the front hub of the driver’s garbage truck fractured – causing the truck’s front wheel to fall off. As a result of the accident, the victim suffered a compression injury to his spine. Despite multiple surgeries, the driver continues to live in pain.
During the course of the trial, our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the companies that manufactured the trucks and component parts were negligent because they because aware in 2004 that the aluminum hubs were breaking at the weight they’d been rated to carry. However, no one warned the consumers. The defendant companies knew there were roughly 15,000 to 25,000 defective hubs in service in trucks across the United States.
However, the defendants argued that the garbage company was at fault in that they had overloaded the victim’s truck and should have detected cracks in the garbage truck’s hubs. Ultimately, a U.S. District Court jury returned a verdict last week that assigned 52 percent liability to one of the defendant manufactures, 30 percent to another, and 12 percent to the third defendant. Although Waste Management was not a party in the lawsuit, the jury found the company 6 percent at fault.
Ultimately, our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that the driver was awarded $2.4 million for past and future medical expenses and lost earning capacity. Additionally, the accident victim was awarded $7.5 million for pain and suffering. The victim’s wife was also awarded $1.5 million for loss of consortium. In a statement released by the victim’s attorney, it was revealed that the victim has worked at Waste Management for over 20 years and never had an injury related to his back – the victim has by no means recovered from this. Even the medical experts for the defense testified that the victim is physically unable to return to work.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver or defective vehicle, please contact our experienced accident attorneys in Chicago. Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.