Earlier today, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a report posted on PennRecord.com detailing the $26.1 million settlement of a semi truck accident lawsuit. The article reveals that the accident in question transpired on July 6, 2010 along Interstate 80 when a motor vehicle was tragically rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer. As a result of the accident, the motor vehicle’s driver sustained multiple lacerations and contusions, three rib fractures, a liver laceration, multiple vertebral fractures, in addition to, other physical injuries.
Other passengers in the victim’s vehicle also sustained catastrophic, as well as, deadly injuries. The accident victim’s father was killed instantly in the crash, all the while; the victim’s husband suffered multiple head injuries – ultimately leaving him in a comatose state. Subsequently, our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that the victim’s husband sustained permanent brain damage, along with extensive cognitive, physical, as well as, emotional consequences that have proven to be permanent in nature. Additionally, the couple’s two dogs also perished in the collision.
The lawsuit contended that the semi truck driver was operating at an excessive rate of speed which ultimately caused him to “completely and recklessly” lose control of the large commercial vehicle. It was asserted that the semi truck had noticed the stoppage of traffic ahead and quickly changed lanes prior to the fatal accident. However, according to the defendant truck driver, he asserted that that the sun glare had affected his view of the roadway. Ultimately, our Chicago trucking accident attorneys learned that the defendant’s argument was invalid on the basis that the driver was traveling eastbound at around 5 p.m. when the accident transpired – given that the sun sets in the west.
Given the truck driver’s failure to recall the collision, as well as, the driver’s failure to describe the accident with precision was ultimately an indication that he was either not alert or asleep at the time of the accident. Ultimately, through mediation, the plaintiff was awarded $26.1 million. Our Illinois trucking accident attorneys learned that this judgment was granted due to the severe nature of the plaintiff’s injuries, her husband’s injuries, as well as, the wrongful death of her father.
If you have been injured in a semi truck accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver please contact our experienced Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available to you.