According to an online news report posted on Courier-News.com, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a 29-year-old Streamwood school teacher who died this past year as a result of a devastating trucking accident. A Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm learned that the accident in question transpired on August 19, 2011, as the woman was on her way to the middle school she worked at.
The 29-year-old was traveling southbound on Route 59 when she slowed for traffic at Struckman Boulevard in Bartlett. A heavy-duty pickup truck, traveling behind the victim, failed to notice the woman’s reduction in speed and subsequently collided with the woman’s vehicle.
As a result, the 29-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries and died nearly three weeks after the accident. Our Chicago truck accident lawyer learned that the initial autopsy following her death was inconclusive; however, final autopsy results showed that the school teacher ultimately died from multiple injuries sustained in the accident, as well as, bronchial pneumonia.
Relatives of the woman have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the Cook County Circuit Court. According to court documents, the defendants named in the lawsuit include both the Equipment Depot of Illinois – the company that owns the truck involved, as well as, the employee who was operating the truck.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the 29-year-old school teacher’s father, asserts vehicle negligence, wrongful death, as well as, survival action. The family seeks at least $2 million in damages based on the school teacher’s anticipated earnings in wages and pension benefits she would have received if she had lived. Additionally, our Chicago trucking accident attorney learned that the family seeks damages for medical and funeral expenses.
Every year, our Chicago truck accident attorneys provide qualified legal representation to those who have been harmed or killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident. When large trucks are operated in a careless or negligent manner, the results are almost always severe and life-altering.
Accident victims and their families may be able to seek legal action against negligent truck drivers and their employers. Truck accident litigation can help compensate accident victims for the various expenses incurred as a result of a trucking accident. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident, please contact our attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.