A tragic accident earlier this month in the Chicago suburbs took the lives of three members of a family when a street-sweeping vehicle crashed into the family’s car.
According to ABC Chicago, the individuals killed in the collision were a 15 year-old high school student and her parents; the couple’s 24 year-old daughter was the only survivor.
Police issued traffic citations to the driver of the street-sweeping machine, and, though reports indicate that he had not been drinking at the time of the crash, relatives of the family have filed a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit against the company that hired the driver asserting that he was negligent in operating the machine. According to a witness statement in the police report, the driver of the street sweeper appeared to be speeding and drove through a red light before crashing into the family’s Toyota Camry, reports ABC Chicago.
In Illinois, a Chicago wrongful death claim may arise when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or corporation. When a company hires a person to perform a specific, specialized task – such as driving a street-sweeping vehicle – that company can potentially be held legally responsible when that person acts negligently because it was the duty of that company to either provide proper training and supervision, or hire someone who was better qualified to perform the job.
Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of wrongful death cases and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the families of victims wrongfully killed because of someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys understand how devastating these cases can be for families who have lost loved ones, and have the experience and expertise to fight for your rights. In fact, our attorneys won a $6.5 million trucking accident settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a situation which you believe may be a result of the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover the costs involved to pay for medical and funeral expenses, lost benefits from the family member’s death, and pain, suffering, or mental anguish suffered by the survivors of the decedent. Though a lawsuit can never bring a loved one back to life, it is a step in the right direction, both for achieving justice, and making those at fault pay for their carelessness. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the another person’s negligence, contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights under the law.