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$6.5 million settlement approved in Illinois truck accident lawsuit

The Circuit Court of Kane County approved a $6.5 million settlement in an Illinois trucking accident/Illinois wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 32 year-old Illinois woman. The woman died exactly two years ago when a tractor-trailer owned by Geils Farms rear-ended the pick-up truck that the Illinois wrongful death victim was riding in with her husband and three year old son. Police determined that the driver was under the influence of marijuana when the Illinois truck accident occurred. The family of the Illinois wrongful death victim was represented by Chicago injury lawyer John J. Perconti of Levin & Perconti.

Throughout the course of the Illinois truck accident lawsuit, several incidents of negligence were uncovered. First, it was revealed that the farm owners did not randomly drug screen their drivers, in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations. Second, they failed to perform background checks on their drivers or obtain a copy of each driver’s driving record. Third, the defendant farm was in violation of the federal regulations by operating an over-loaded semi, which they allowed the defendant driver to operate. Following the collision, it was discovered that the truck’s left rear turn signal was inoperable, five of the ten brakes were not properly adjusted, and some of the truck’s brake pads were contaminated.

The fatal Illinois truck accident happened two years ago when the victim and her family were headed to visit a pumpkin patch. The defendant driver did not recognize the vehicles in front of him and struck the vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed. The collision pushed and crushed the vehicle into a stopped IDOT truck. The Illinois wrongful death victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

To read more about the Illinois truck accident lawsuit, follow the link to the Northwest Herald.