Earlier this week, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a news report on NECN.com detailing a truck accident lawsuit that has been against a truck maker as a result of a devastatingly fatal accident that transpired last year. According to the report, the accident in question transpired in 2008 along Interstate 91 in Vermont and took the life of the commercial vehicle’s driver. Now, the family of the deceased truck driver has filed suit against the maker of the semi tractor-trailer.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that according to court documents, it is argued that the design of the Freightliner truck built by Daimler Trucks North America was responsible for the premature death of the truck driver. The lawsuit contends that the semi truck driver was traveling north when he come upon a disabled vehicle along a bridge.
The driver attempted to avoid collision but lost control of his commercial vehicle and subsequently crashed through the guardrail and fell approximately 70 feet. Although the driver survived the fall, the truck’s tractor ultimately ignited and trapped the driver inside. The lawsuit contends that the fuel tank in this particular type of semi truck was improperly constructed.
Our experienced Illinois truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have effectively handled a variety of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving Illinois trucking accidents. Given the sheer size and weight of large commercial vehicles, any type of collision in which these vehicles are involved in has the potential for devastating and life-altering consequences. Truck accident victims often experience serious injuries that include, but are not limited to: broken bones, loss of limbs, as well as, injuries to the brain and spinal cord.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury or a tragic loss as the direct result of a semi truck collision, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained. These damages may include compensatory damages which seek to provide the accident victim compensation for a particular loss or injury that was sustained as the direct result of the unlawful conduct of another. These damages may include: lost wages, medical expense, in addition to, physical and emotion pain and suffering. Additionally, in certain situations, punitive damages – which intend to punish the wrongdoer for their negligent conduct – may be awarded.
Please contact a Chicago truck accident attorney for a free consultation to determine what legal rights may be available to you.