ParkRapidsEnterprise.com reports that as a result of a fatal 2010 accident, a Chicago semi truck driver has been sentenced to a 10 day imprisonment. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the accident in question transpired on December 30, 2010 along Interstate 94 during an icy blizzard. The 29-year-old semi truck driver was reported to be driving too fast for conditions when he collided into the accident victim. The black-box recording device in the driver’s semi truck indicated that the driver was traveling 50 to 55 miles per hour during the whiteout conditions when the fatal accident occurred.
As a result of the accident, our Chicago truck accident lawyers read that the accident ultimately killed the50-year-old accident victim and resulted in a series of accidents – causing 35 crashes which damaged nearly 50 motor vehicles. The Chicago driver pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of reckless driving – which carries a jail sentence of 10 days, as well as, one year of supervised probation and $500 in fines and fees.
Any Illinois truck accident lawyer will tell you that when these types of trucking accidents transpire as a result of negligence on behalf of the semi truck driver — the driver, as well as, their trucking carrier may not only be held criminally liable … but civilly liable as well. While criminal actions are considered offenses against the state and prosecuted by the state where the offense occurs – civil cases are generally disputes between individuals regarding matters of legal duties and responsibilities individuals owe to one another.
Although the previously mentioned news report does not confirm whether or not the accident victim’s family plans to seek legal action against the truck driver, through our experience as Chicago truck accident attorneys, the family may be able to file a wrongful death claim in civil court against the truck driver and his/her trucking carrier. A wrongful death claim asserts that the untimely death of an individual was a direct result of a negligent or unjust action.
Some of the most common types of compensation that results from damages obtained in a Illinois trucking accident lawsuit may include, but are not limited to: medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer for their negligent behavior. If you have been injured in a trucking accident or lost a loved one, please contact our experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers for a free consultation.