Posted On: July 2, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Paralyzed in Illinois Tractor-Trailer Crash Sues 12 Parties for Over $500,000

In her 20-count Illinois multi-vehicle crash lawsuit, Jessica Baker is suing 12 defendants for personal injury. She is seeking over $500,000 in damages. She is now a quadriplegic because of injures she sustained during the February 4, 2008 traffic crash.

According to her Illinois personal injury complaint, Baker, then 19, was driving her 2001 Saturn on Interstate 270 behind a tractor-trailer when the large truck’s driver, Nicholae Valeanu, failed to step on the brakes in a timely manner before striking a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Bradley K. Bronnbauer. Bronnbauer then hit a Ford Escort, driven by Carl L. Kleinschmidt, which rear-ended a trailer belonging to Air Products and Chemicals.

Baker crashed into the tractor-trailer driven by Valeanu. The trailer is owned by Stoughton. The plaintiff contends that because the trailer did not have a properly installed rear impact guard (the fasteners were corroded and the bolts to hold the guard weren’t as thick as they could be), the guard broke off during the crash, which caused Baker’s car to go under the trailer.

The roof of Baker’s vehicle became compressed, causing Baker to break her cervical spine and lacerate her head. Her Illinois truck crash lawsuit claims that Baker is now paralyzed as a result.

Defendants in the truck accident lawsuit include Valeanu, Bronnbauer, Kleinschmidt, Air Products and Chemicals, STI Holdings, truck driver Kevin M Ryan, Motor City Express, James Group International, James Group Midwest, James Group International II, and Challenger Motor Freight.

STI Holdings made the truck that Valeanu was driving. The other companies—except for Air Products and Chemicals—are the companies associated with trucker Valeanu and the particular truck job that he was involved in.

As you can see, there may be multiple parties involved in your Chicago truck accident that can be held liable for Illinois personal injury or wrongful death. This is not the kind of case you want to deal with alone. Catastrophic large truck crashes usually result in devastating and costly injuries for truck accident victims. It is important that all liable parties pay you all the recovery that you are owed.

Woman paralyzed after getting stuck underneath tractor trailer sues,, June 29, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Truck Accident Laws, Justia

Sharing the Road—Large Trucks and Road Safety, CDC

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