Car and trucking accidents range in type, cause, and severity and can have a variety of impacts on those involved. Personal injury, medical expenses, emotional damage, and/or vehicle repairs are just a few of the consequences that victims may face, either affecting them temporarily or for years after the initial accident.
It is a sad truth that besides those directly involved in an accident, others such as family members, friends, or witnesses of the accident can also suffer from psychological damage, grief, or fear of stepping behind the wheel. When someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, many families find it necessary to make a claim for compensation after facing any of the above costs. This was recently the case when the family of a man killed by an impaired truck driver announced a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the truck and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
The 21-year old from Chicago was killed in November when he was on his way home from work around 1:30am. A drunk truck driver crossed five lanes of traffic and struck the victim’s vehicle on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 95th Street. The collision caused both vehicles to strike a concrete barrier wall. The victim suffered massive head trauma and was unconscious and without a heartbeat when paramedics arrived to the scene. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where doctors pronounced him dead at 2:30 a.m.
Nwitimes.com continues to report that the truck driver failed field sobriety tests after the accident and had an alcohol content of 0.106, noticeably higher than the legal limit of .08. He was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence in Cook County Court and has a pretrial hearing later this month. The family is not only filing a lawsuit against the driver, but also the bar where the driver allegedly drank before the accident took place. The report states that the Illinois Dram Shop Act allows bar owners to be sued if a person who becomes intoxicated and continues to be served alcohol causes harm. The family is seeking $50,000 for medical and burial expenses, the loss of love and attention of the victim, and mental grievance the family has suffered.
The victim’s father told reporters, “This was a senseless death. It was a choice [the driver] made to get into that truck. It affects more than the person. It affects the families.” He continued by saying that drinking and driving is a choice with lasting consequences, and stopping even one person from drinking and driving can spare many more people of the pain and suffering potentially caused by being in an accident.
Our wrongful death attorneys agree that when any motorist consumes alcohol or drugs before driving, the results can be fatal. If you have been injured or lost a love one due to a driver traveling over the legal limit of intoxication, you may have the ability to claim. Each year, our law firm provides qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by a drunk driving accident.