Recently, a Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm read a news report detailing a lawsuit that has been filed after a devastating 2011 semi truck accident resulted in the fatality of a 40-year-old man. ThePeoplesTribune.com reports that the accident in question transpired on December 14, 2011, along Champ Clark Bridge when the accident victim’s SUV was struck by cargo that had broken loose from a semi truck along the 20-foot-wide two-lane bridge.
As a result of the accident, the 50-year-old Illinois truck driver was ticketed for improper lane usage. However, the truck driver, as well as, his trucking company will not be subject to civil litigation brought about by the accident victim’s family. The wrongful death lawsuit was originally filed in St. Charles County Circuit Court by the victim’s wife and their two sons, however, it is reported that the suit has now been filed in the eastern district federal court. Our Chicago truck accident lawyer learned that the family is seeking a jury trial, in addition to, an unspecified amount of damages.
Any Illinois truck accident attorney will tell you that proper securement of cargo is one of the most prominent, as well as, necessary regulation a semi truck driver must adhere to. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the government agency that regulates semi truck driver, requires that motor carriers operating in interstate commerce must comply with the following guidelines pertaining to securement of semi truck cargo:
Articles must be prevented from shifting on or within, or falling from commercial motor vehicles – Increase the use of tie downs or cargo securement devices other than those currently in use – All vehicle structures, systems, parts and components used to secure cargo must be in proper working order when used to perform that function with no damaged or weakened components that could adversely affect the truck’s performance.
– All rules are applicable to trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by improperly secured cargo, please contact our experienced accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti as soon as possible to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses due to the negligence of others. We hold truck drivers, as well as, their companies liable for their failure to safety operate large commercial vehicles.