Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Illinois trucker

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Wrongful Death on Thursday, November 8, 2012

A chain-reaction truck accident that caused the deaths of four family members — a husband, wife and their two children — has resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an Illinois truck driver.

The suburban Chicago trucker, as well as his employer, and several trucking businesses, are named in the suit filed in Nebraska, where the crash took place on September 9. Also named in the suit are two other truck drivers.

The couple killed was driving in separate vehicles on Interstate 80, approximately 40 miles east of the Wyoming border when the River Grove trucker slammed at 75 mph into the husband’s car. The impact of that collision slammed the husband’s car into his wife’s car, which was in turn forced beneath another 18-wheeler. There was an explosion and both cars were engulfed in flames.

The couple’s two children were in their mother’s car. The mother was seven and a half months pregnant.

The truck driver, 36, is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of manslaughter and one count of vehicular homicide of an unborn child.

He is apparently being held in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

Also named in the suit is another truck driver this — one from Oak Park, Illinois — and his employers. According to news accounts and the litigation, the accident began when the Oak Park trucker’s semi had brake problems and came to a stop on the interstate. The lawsuit accuses him of failing to move his rig off of the road when the air brakes stopped functioning.

He apparently left the trailer on the highway, but pulled the tractor-truck portion off.

The trailer was then hit by yet another semi-truck; the driver of that truck also died. The accident involving the family happened shortly afterwards.

In these kinds of matters, victims’ families often seek justice what will serve as a lesson to others to behave more responsibly.

Source: Associated Press, “Dead family’s relatives sue trucker, carrier for Nebraska crash,” Nov. 2, 2012

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