Our Illinois truck accident lawyers recently read an article, published on SeTexasRecord.com, detailing the recent filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from a devastating fatal semi truck accident that occurred last month which resulted in the death of three family members. The accident ensued when the driver of a commercial vehicle lost control of his vehicle on an interstate highway and crossed the center median. Upon entering the oncoming lanes, the semi truck struck a minivan – causing the passenger vehicle to explode into flames, resulting in the death of all three of the vehicle’s occupants.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the accident victim’s son/brother, alleges that the driver of the commercial vehicle: failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to avoid the incident in question, drove inattentively, failed to maintain his vehicle, failed to take proper evasive action, in addition to, failure to operate the vehicle as a reasonable and prudent person would have done under the same or similar circumstances. Due to these impeding factors, the wrongful death lawsuit names the driver’s trucking company as the sole defendant in this matter.
The plaintiff argues that the trucking company is responsible for their driver’s action under the theory of respondeat superior. Additionally, the trucking company is accused of negligent entrustment, negligent supervision, negligent hiring, as well as, negligent training. The plaintiff is seeking wrongful death and survival damages for mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of advice and counsel, loss of services, funeral and medical expenses, loss of companionship, physical pain, disfigurement, physical impairment, court costs and interests.
Even though drivers of large commercial vehicles are required to adhere to strict rules and regulations enacted by our state and federal governments, semi truck accidents continue to occur each day – commonly resulting in devastating injuries and most often, untimely death. These accidents are commonly caused by the careless or negligent operation of vehicles that require the utmost care during travel. In a civil court of law, truck drivers and their companies are often found legally liable for negligence or wrongful death in semi truck accidents that result in the injury or fatality of another.
If you have been injured in an Illinois semi truck accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact a Chicago semi truck accident attorney to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.