Earlier today, our Illinois truck accident attorneys read a report in the Madison County Record detailing a recently filed lawsuit on behalf of a man who sustained serious injuries as the result of a dump truck accident. The lawsuit, filed in Madison County Circuit Court on August 22, charges seven counts against the dump truck driver, an Illinois waste company, in addition to, the company’s corporation. In the complaint, the victim alleges that he was traveling along Route 3 in Madison County when he came to a stop for a traffic signal. The defendant truck driver failed to adhere to the stopped traffic and collided into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle.
In the seven count lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in such a manner that he collided with the victim’s vehicle, failed to control his vehicle, in addition to, driving in an inappropriate manner. As a direct result of the accident, the victim sustained serious injury including severe disability and disfigurement that has limited his ability to complete his usual duties. The suit seeks a judgment of $350,000 for medical costs and loss of wages, as well as, costs and other relief the court deems just.
A collision involving a dump truck or commercial vehicle is vastly different than those accidents involving solely passenger vehicles. Accidents involving large vehicles that collectively weight well over thousands of pounds can lead to devastating injuries, as well as, fatal effects. Commercial vehicles are held to strict rules and regulations for safe operation and dump trucks are no exception to these safety standards. With over 347 recorded fatality incidents involving dump trucks from 1991-2004, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, unsafe drivers and their companies need to be held legally liable for the substantial harm caused by these types of accidents.
Accident victims may be able entitled to monetary compensation for the damages they have sustained as the result of another’s negligent conduct. These damages include compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, in addition to, punitive damages which punish a wrongdoer’s negligent behavior. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motor vehicle accident, please contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. Our experienced accident attorneys will review your potential case and determine what legal relief may be available to you.