Recently, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read an article on WCFCourier.com that detailed recently dismissed criminal charges against a semi truck driver who caused a fatal Illinois semi truck accident. The accident, which occurred on June 17 in Nelson, Illinois, resulted in the death of three individuals. The semi truck driver was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 30 when he ran a stop sign and subsequently collided with the oncoming passenger vehicle
The collision resulted in the death of the 26-year-old male driver, his 51-year old mother, in addition to, the driver’s 16-month-old daughter. The driver’s fiance and another passenger also sustained critical injuries. A grand jury in Lee County found insufficient evidence to indict the semi truck driver on criminal charges. The Lee County prosecutor stated that it has not been determined if the semi truck driver will be cited for traffic violations.
The news report does not confirm whether or not the family of the deceased wish to seek civil legal action against the semi truck driver. Looking at this case, from our experiences as Chicago truck accident attorneys, they may be have a cause of action for a wrongful death suit. However, this can only be determined by an attorney after an in-depth investigation is made.
Wrongful death lawsuits stem from the wrongful or negligent conduct of another causing a premature death. Family members of the deceased may be able to seek legal relief for damages including: medical, funeral, as well as, burial expenses. The family may also be able to obtain punitive damages that are created to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
Since 1992, our accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have extensively handled a variety of cases involving the devastating effects that result from motor vehicle accidents. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of the victims of an Illinois semi truck accident. Due to a negligent truck driver, a woman was tragically killed and her husband and son sustained serious injuries. After a thorough investigation, we discovered that the semi truck driver was operating an overloaded semi truck, in addition to, operating under the influence of marijuana.
If you or someone you know has sustained severe harm or even death as a result of a semi truck accident, please contact a Chicago accident attorney for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help evaluate your case and determine what legal rights may be able to you.