FoxToledo.com reports that a 78 year-old driver of a large commercial vehicle has been charged with vehicular homicide for his role in a fatal truck accident that occurred earlier this week. According to the police report, the semi truck driver admitted that he failed to see the 16 year-old accident victim’s pickup truck before he slammed his commercial vehicle into the motor vehicle upon making a left-hand turn. The accident victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the accident. If convicted, the driver of the semi truck may face up to six months in jail, as well as, a fine of up to $1,000.
Although the news report does not confirm whether or not the family of the 16 year-old accident victim wishes to seek civil legal action against the semi truck driver and his trucking carrier, from the experience of a Chicago truck accident lawyer, the family may have a cause of action for a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are claims on the basis that the wrongful or negligent conduct of another caused a premature death. The family of the deceased may be able to obtain damages that occurred as a direct result of the accident, such as medical, funeral, as well as, burial expenses.
Our Illinois trucking accident blog frequently discusses the adverse consequences that often result from collisions involving 80,000 pound commercial vehicles. A number of efforts must be taken in order to reduce the substantially high number of injuries and fatalities that occur from the negligent operation of large commercial vehicles. Unsafe truck driving, whether it is through cell phone use, driver fatigue, or operating an unsafe commercial vehicle, poses a severe threat to the safety of all roadway users. With over 416,000 semi trucks involved in collisions each year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, negligent drivers and their carriers must be held responsible for thousands of injuries and fatalities that result.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our Chicago truck accident attorneys. Our experienced accident lawyers will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal representation may be available to you. Harm resulting from another’s negligence should never be dealt with alone and our attorneys will ensure that clients will receive compensation for the injuries sustained, as well as, hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligent conduct.