Many area residents may be aware that a single Illinois truck accident can spur two different types of legal cases: criminal and civil. The civil case is what our Chicago truck crash attorney works on-seeking to provide real relief and compensation for those hurt in these events. At the same time, prosecutors may seek to hold those involved in the accident with criminal charges for specific laws that they may have broken during the accident. The two cases have different legal rules to apply and there is no direct overlap between them.
For example, WTHI TV reported earlier this week on the end of a criminal case related to a deadly trucking accident. In that case a truck driver was high on cocaine when he fell asleep at the wheel allowing his semi to slam into the car next to him. The 25-year-old driver of that car was killed in the accident. He left behind a large family, including a wife who he had married only a year before. The truck driver had a history of driving under the influence, and his license was actually suspended at the time of the crash.
Following the accident the prosecutors in the area determined that the driver had violated various laws and he was charged with crimes. The man eventually pled guilty to the charges and was recently sentenced to six years in prison for his conduct. Regardless of that criminal matter, the family of the victim was also able to file a civil lawsuit holding the driver (and probably the business that owned the truck) liable for the losses that the family suffered. Their action would be considered a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our Illinois injury 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.
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