On May 15, 2013, at about 6:00 a.m., a North Aurora, Illinois, woman was attempting to exit her driveway in her car when she was hit by a garbage truck. The woman, a 23-year-old, was killed in the truck accident, while the driver of the garbage truck, a 22-year-old man from Carol Stream, survived the collision with minor injuries. The accident occurred on East Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.
The family of the deceased woman driver has now filed a lawsuit against the garbage truck driver and his employer, alleging that the driver was negligent while driving the truck and that the company failed to maintain the garbage truck properly. The lawsuit further alleges that the truck was not properly equipped because the breaks were inadequate and the horn did not work. The victim's family also alleged that the garbage truck driver was driving at an excessive rate of speed and with disregard for the safety of others when he struck the victim.
Not surprisingly, truck accident cases frequently include both the driver of the truck and his employer. Because these cases often constitute a threat to the driver and the employer's business, both are often reluctant to admit fault in an accident case. An attorney with experience in truck accidents is a good resource for anyone who is pursuing a wrongful death claim.
Truck accident injuries are often catastrophic. Given the size and weight of a truck, the occupants of the average car are not well protected against the impact that a truck can cause. It is very difficult to determine the value of a very serious medical injury. An attorney may assist you in calculating the financial damages.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Family Of Woman Killed In Garbage Truck Crash Sues Driver", August 13, 2013