St. Louis Today reported this week on the conclusion of the criminal trial related to a particularly deadly Illinois trucking accident. We had previously reported on the civil lawsuit which was filed by a woman whose husband and infant son were killed when their stalled vehicle was hit by a truck driver.
The negligent truck driver was behind the wheel of a tow truck in November 2008. The man had been drinking before the accident. His truck came upon the stopped car of the two victims; their vehicle had run out of fuel and they were parked on the side of the road. The infant was fastened inside the vehicle while the father was outside inspecting the situation.
The truck driver did not properly take the stopped car into account and ultimately slammed into it. The car was pushed onto the father outside, crushing him. The infant inside suffered severe injuries in the impact and died shortly afterwards. The civil lawsuit was eventually settled by the parties shortly before a trial was set to begin.
The criminal trial related to that accident was recently concluded resulting in a guilty verdict on both charges of felony aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He was given consecutive terms of eleven years and five years. Experts indicate that he will likely be required to actually serve about twelve of those years.
Our Illinois truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many families like the ones in this case. We seek to ensure that the surviving loved ones of these tragic incidents have their legal rights respected and protected. We have reached record settlements in many areas and are committed to faithfully advocating on behalf of all those suffering from trucking negligence. Please contact our Chicago injury attorneys today to share your story and learn what can be done.
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