A Cook County jury recently awarded $20.2 million in an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit to the families of three dead teens after it was found that the driver of a truck was mostly at fault for causing the automobile accident that lead to the wrongful deaths. The accident occurred five years ago over July 4th weekend in Indiana, when the teens were driving through an intersection on their way to see fireworks. Although initial media reports indicated that the teen driver was at fault, attorneys for the teen showed at trial that no alcohol or drugs were in any of the teens’ systems and that the driver did not even tap the brakes until 3 seconds after the truck and the car collided. The truck driver also had a history of falsifying driving records and had exceeded the number of hours he could drive for that week.
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