Car accidents can have dreadful results, especially when a truck collides with a car. Truck accidents are all too common across the country and many of these accidents are fatal. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), more than 32,000 people died in vehicle accidents in the United States in 2013. One such deadly crash occurred here in the Chicago area earlier this year. A wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed by the brother of a man who was killed in a truck accident while driving in his car on I-55. According to the lawsuit, the man was driving in his Chrysler Sebring sedan near Plainfield when his vehicle was rear-ended by a truck traveling at a high rate of speed. The man died from his injuries.
Truck collisions can be very dangerous. As was reported by CNN, a terrible car-truck accident seriously injured performer Tracy Morgan and killed one of his companions last year. In that case, the driver of a Walmart truck slammed into the rear end of the SUV where Morgan and others were riding. It was determined that the truck’s driver had been driving for too long without a rest and was exhausted when the crash occurred. He might have fallen asleep at the wheel, but this was not proven. This case is very similar to the case reported on I-55.
A driver needs to be alert to traffic and road conditions and obey all safety laws. The driver in this case was negligent, according to the lawsuit. The information states that the driver of the truck was driving too fast and failed to maintain adequate distance between his vehicle and the vehicle in front of him. This negligent act caused the accident, which resulted in fatal injuries to the driver of the car. In this situation, a reconstruction of the accident may have been completed to prove how fast the truck was going when it crashed into the back of the car.
Negligence must be proven in court in cases such as these. There are several ways to prove negligent actions have occurred. The photos of the crash scene as well as inspection of the damages to the vehicles may show the exact position of the vehicles at the time of impact. It will also show the approximate speeds of the vehicles when they collided. Witnesses might have seen the accident and their testimony is essential in proving some cases. The police report provides further insight into the accident. The driver should be tested for impairment and distracted driving. In some cases, a reconstruction specialist will detail the precise way the accident occurred. These and other factors will be considered when proving a driver’s negligence.
In this case, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the man’s estate and named the truck driver as well as Benjamin Moore, the company he was driving for, and the truck rental company. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another driver, it is possible to collect damages. Damages may include money for medical costs, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. Accidents can change your life and the life of your family, but they do not need to leave you financially drained. Seek the money you deserve when someone else is at fault. Contact the experienced legal team at Michael T. Friedman and Associates, P.C. to schedule a consultation with a wrongful death attorney.
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