TimesDaily.com released a news report earlier today detailing a negligence lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of a 71 year-old man who was killed in a truck accident late last year. According to the report, the accident in question transpired on October 25 when a pickup truck towing a large trailer was traveling on an interstate highway when it became detached from the vehicle. As a result of the trailer detachment, the trailer proceeded to collided into a passenger vehicle driven by the plaintiff.
Upon collision, the accident victim’s vehicle plunged into a nearby creek – causing the almost immediate death of the driver’s 71 year-old father who was a passenger in the vehicle. The lawsuit names both the driver of the trailer, as well as, his employers, as defendants in the accident lawsuit.
According to court papers, the lawsuit asserts that the defendants were negligent and that the truck driver was “towing a dangerous trailer without a locking device and chain hook in a wrongful and/or negligent and/or wanton manner, causing the trailer to become detached and untethered while moving at a high rate of speed, causing it to veer and careen into the oncoming lane of traffic, striking and colliding with a motor vehicle driven by the plaintiff and his father.”
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the defendants deny that they are guilty of any wanton conduct on the occasion in question and deny that they wantonly caused damages to the plaintiffs. However, the truck accident lawsuit asks for punitive, as well as, compensatory damages from the defendants with the amount to be determined by a jury.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe personal injury or a tragic loss as the direct result of an Illinois trucking accident, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained. These damages may include compensatory damages which seek to provide the accident victim compensation for a particular loss or injury that was sustained as the direct result of the unlawful conduct of another.
Compensatory damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, as well as, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Additionally, in certain situations punitive damages, which intend to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent conduct, may be awarded.
Please contact our Chicago trucking accident lawyers as soon as possible for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available to you.