A new truck crash lawsuit has been filed stemming from a tragic crash earlier this year that took that life of several people. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press is reporting that the lawsuit was filed by Todd Brinkhaus following his wife’s death in the accident caused by a driver for Reinhart Foodservice.
On May 24th, several cars were bunched up in a construction area on Highway 35 W near County Round 70. The close driving eventually resulted in a four vehicle fatal pile-up. Pamela Brinkhaus was in the middle of that accident. The vehicle that caused the accident was the Reinhardt Foodservice truck driven by Jason Styrbicky.
Styrbicky apparently did not slow his vehicle in nearly enough time as he came upon the three vehicles that were already bunched up. The accident occurred in a construction zone, and so the truck driver should have been on alert and driving more slowly anyway. He ultimately hit the other vehicles while traveling 68 miles per hour. Additionally, he was not wearing glasses or contact lenses as he was required. The driver claims that he was reaching for a drink at the time and temporarily took his eyes off the road.
The powerful impact of his truck smashing into the vehicles ahead of him caused immense damage. Brinkhaus, who was in the second car hit, was killed. A pregnant woman in another vehicle was also killed. The vehicle at the front of the collision was actually another truck that was carrying over 18 million bees. Upon impact, all of these insects escaped.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti work every day to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are protected following truck accidents like this. The devastation that these large trucks are capable of inflicting makes any slip-up unacceptable. It is imperative that the owners and operators of these vehicles take all possible precautions at all times.