Pedestrians in many major cities are struck and killed in roadside accidents at alarming rates. Our city is no different. Chicago truck accidents involving pedestrians, semi-trailers, city vehicles and similar machines occur with a frequency that should lead all travelers to ensure that they exercise as much caution as possible.
Across the country the consequences remain severe when walkers and drivers’ fail to exercise basic standards of care. For example, the San Francisco Examiner recently discussed a possible settlement following a fatal truck accident in the area. According to reports, a 63-year old woman was walking across a crosswalk last February when a utility truck driven by a city employee barreled down upon her. The truck was speeding at the time, and the woman did not survive the collision.
Following the accident, a truck accident lawsuit was filed against the city and negligent employees who were responsible for the death. The city is now expected to offer a settlement in the case of $1.56 million. The amount is similar to other settlements following deadly car and truck accidents in the city. For example, similar crashes had led to settlements ranging from $2.4 million for a brain injury victim to $1.75 million for the family of a woman killed after being hit by a city public works truck. Overall, the city reports that about 22 pedestrians are killed yearly while 800 are injured because of car and truck accidents.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many victims who have suffered similar losses following deadly car and truck accidents. It is on city roadways that many people, including city employees, engage in reckless and downright dangerous conduct. It is no surprise then that it is those same roadways that are the scene of far too many accidents causing serious injury and death.
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