In previous posts we discussed the fatal I-88 crash that took the life of one Illinois emergency responder and critically injured another. As this case has continued to unfold, we wish to keep you up to date on the legal developments occurring after this truck accident.
As a recap, a truck driver from DND International Inc. was criminally charged for the January 27th I-88 crash. This crash killed a tollway worker and critically injured an Illinois State Trooper. At the time, the tollway worker was helping a disabled truck on the side of the highway, alongside the Illinois State Trooper. The DND truck driver then crashed into their parked vehicles. The driver was operating the semi-truck while extremely impaired or fatigued, and made false logs about how long his shifts had been. At the time, he had worked for 37 straight hours.
Since the accident investigators have worked to determine the cause and who may be to blame for the accident, including investigations into the truck driver and the trucking company that employed him. According to new reports, as a result of these investigations, federal regulators have ordered the Naperville trucking company’s vehicles off the road, as reported in an article by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Federal regulators claim that the truck company, DND International Inc., failed to stop its employee drivers from falsifying their work records. This is believed to be a key factor in the I-88 Illinois Tollway crash. Regulators have called the company an “imminent hazard to public safety” for not having adequate safety management practices in place. Not having such practices in place means the company did not ensure that their employee drivers were submitting accurate records.
Where a trucking company is not using proper records, safety practices, or monitoring its drivers, it is putting drivers, passengers, and roadway workers at serious risk. Not only do truck drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, but trucking companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their employees while on the job. Employers, as the principal, are seen to have authorized the actions of their employees, who are agents doing work under the direction of the company.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a driver’s negligent and reckless behaviors, you may be able to hold all negligent parties liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers strongly believe in advocating for innocent victims of motor vehicle accidents, and have fought for their rights since 1992. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your case and see if we can help you with your legal claim.