Posted On: September 8, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Sues Trucking Company for Illinois Truck Accident Injuries

A woman who says she sustained serious personal injuries from an Illinois truck crash is suing Beelman Truck Company. Her truck crash lawsuit claims loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

The truck collision occurred on Illinois Highway 203—also called Edwardsville Road—at the 20th Street Intersection on the morning of October 20. In her truck crash lawsuit, Amber Ware says truck driver Shaun D. Reid struck her vehicle while trying to turn left.

Ware is blaming the trucking company for Reid’s driving and his failure to stay in control of the truck, failure to stay within the road’s boundaries, driving too fast for the conditions, failing to maintain a reasonable speed, and driving even though he allegedly did not get enough rest. The plaintiff says the defendant should have realized that Reid was not qualified or fit to operate a semi-tractor. She is also accusing the truck company of not properly investigating Reid’s employment record.

Truck Accidents
Driving a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, a dump truck, or any other truck requires training and experience. Trucking companies must make sure that their truck drivers are properly licensed, do not have any health issues that could impair their driving, and are competent drivers who are trained and know how to safely drive a large truck.

Many large truck operators are transporting tens of thousands of pounds in cargo and/or hazardous substances. They cannot afford to become involved in a Chicago truck crash with another vehicle or a pedestrian. It is people walking on the street or riding their bicycles, motorcycle riders, or the occupants of the other vehicles that generally get the brunt of impact when they are involved in a collision with a large truck.

Woman struck by truck sues, The Record, September 4, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Illinois Commercial Driver's License Study Guide (PDF)

Please contact our Chicago truck crash law firm to explore your legal options.

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