Posted On: March 23, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Will County Jury Awards $24 Million Illinois Truck Accident Verdict to Families of Victims and Crash Survivor with Serious Injuries

In Will County, Illinois, a jury has awarded $24 million to the families of two people who were killed in an April 1, 2004 truck crash and a survivor who was seriously injured. This is reportedly the highest verdict amount involving a Will County civil case in at least half a century.

42-year-old Seneca resident Thomas Sanders and 67-year-old Naperville resident Joseph Sperl were declared dead at the Illinois truck crash site. William Taluc, a 35-year-old Aurora man, broke 17 bones.

The defendants in the Illinois truck accident case included freight broker C.H. Robinson Worldwide and truck driver De An Henry. Henry was operating a semi-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 close to Plainfield when he caused a 10-vehicle crash involving six cars and three tractor-trailers.

Common reasons why truck accidents happen:

• Driver fatigue
• Driver is trying to meet a delivery deadline and is in a hurry
• Driver doesn’t see vehicle or pedestrian in blind spot
• Vehicle malfunction
• Defective truck parts
• Truck is overloaded
• Speeding
• Poor driving conditions
• Drunk driving
• Driver inexperience

You do not want to try to represent yourself in an Illinois personal injury case against a truck driver and his or her trucking company, which will likely have the manpower and resources to deal with and minimize your truck crash liability claim. Truck accident cases may often involve more than one liable party, such as the shipper, the contractor, the driver, the owner of the trailer or truck, the trucking company, or the truck manufacturer.

$24 million award in fatal truck crash,, March 24, 2009

Naperville man dies in I-55 accident, Goliath/Daily Herald, April 2, 2004

Related Web Resources:
C.H. Robinson Worldwide

Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics, UMTRI

Your best way to ensure that you receive all the recovery that you are owed is to contact our Will County truck crash law firm today.

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