Earlier this year, a tragic fatal semi truck accident took the lives of six individuals after a semi truck crashed through a railway crossing and into an Amtrak train carrying over 200 passengers. The accident has spawned two lawsuits with both the train company, as well as, the trucking company filing suit against one another. According to a recent report posted by FleetOwner.com, Amtrak was granted a motion with the federal court which requires the trucking company to provide a truck for investigation that is the same make, model, and year as the one that caused the fatal collision in order to create a proper accident reconstruction. Additionally, Amtrak was ordered by a federal judge to give the trucking company video footage of the crash taken by an on-board train recorder.
In the federal suit filed by the railroad company, Amtrak alleges that the trucking company was negligent in training and hiring its drivers, as well as, maintaining the safety of their vehicles. Conversely, the trucking company asserts in their federal lawsuit that the railroads failed to maintain a safe crossing which aided in contributing to the fatal semi truck accident. The extensive investigation into the accident is also being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, but a final report into the cause of the collision will not be provided until early next year.
In the event that you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a semi truck accident, truck accident litigation may help compensate accident victims for their devastating injuries and losses. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys know that commercial vehicle accidents often create significant financial burdens, as well as, debilitating personal injuries. Accident victims may be able to file suit against a negligent truck driver and their company to receive compensation for their damages which include, but is not limited to:
– Medical Expenses – Funeral Expenses – Lost wages and loss of earning potential – Physical and emotional pain and suffering – Loss of Companionship – Addition economic or non-economic relief (punitive damages)
Our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers have extensively handled numerous accident cases and have obtained settlements on behalf of our clients. Recently, our firm obtained a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a 32 year-old Illinois woman who was killed when a semi truck rear-ended the family’s vehicle. The woman’s husband, as well as, her son both sustained significant personal injury in the collision caused by a negligent semi truck driver who was operating an overloaded semi tractor-trailer, in addition to, operating under the influence of marijuana.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Illinois semi truck accident, please contact the accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights and representation may be available to you.