A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm recently learned that an Elgin man who was involved in a car accident resulting in the death of a 66-year old woman has now been charged with causing a fatal accident while under the influence of drugs. Chicagotribune.com states that the accident occurred earlier in August in Streamwood, Illinois when the woman turned left in front of the 37-year-old man’s landscaping truck at the intersection of Lake and Park Streets. A witness estimated the truck was traveling at about 60 mph, killing the woman upon impact. Her 10-year-old grandson was in the backseat of the car at the time and suffered minor injuries.
The Assistant State’s Attorney reports that the man was arrested this week following an investigation of the accident and toxicology tests, which showed he had cannabis in his system at the time of the accident. She also reported that police found a pipe for smoking marijuana and a vial that contained two grams of a barbiturate in the truck. Authorities say the driver has an extensive history of traffic offenses, included five speeding tickets, driving without insurance, and driving on a suspended license.
Our Illinois truck accident attorneys learned that the driver was charged in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday with causing a fatal accident while under the influence of drugs. Bond was set at $75,000 by the judge in Rolling Meadows branch court on charges of possession of a controlled substance and aggravated DUI causing death.
Our Illinois accident lawyers understand that when drivers of trucks or other large commercial vehicles consume alcohol or drugs before driving, the results can be fatal. Trucks can potentially weight up to 80,000 pounds, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when one collides with a much smaller passenger vehicle, 98% of fatalities occur to the people in the passenger vehicles. First offenses for truck drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs include disqualification from carrying a commercial driver’s license for one year, and up to three years if carrying hazardous materials. A second offense will result in a lifetime commercial driver’s license qualification. Penalties are generally not limited to being imposed on the truck driver, but also the carrier, the owner of the vehicle, and any individual associated with the operation of the truck.
If a truck driver is over the legal limit of intoxication and injures you in an accident, you may have the ability to claim. Every year, our Chicago truck accident attorneys provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists.
We have seen the devastation that reckless behavior behind the wheel can cause and have represented numerous families in cases similar to the one above. Our law firm handled a wrongful death lawsuit in January 2009 after a semi-truck driver killed a 32-year old woman while under the influence of drugs. John Perconti of Levin & Perconti reached a $6.5 million settlement for the lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Kane County, Illinois.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action, in addition to helping victims compensate for personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of the accident.