Posted On: January 19, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Sues Mack Truck Driver and Trucking Company for Illinois Truck Crash Injuries

A woman who says she was injured in an Illinois truck crash on December 9, 2008 is suing Brutto Truck Services and Paul Bussett for personal injury. Elizabeth Callendar is seeking over $100,000 plus costs.

Callendar claims her 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva was sideswiped by the large truck that Bussett was driving. The two vehicles were going in the same direction in Granite City when the truck collision happened.

As a result of her Illinois truck injuries, Callendar says she sustained permanent and temporary injuries, which have prevented her from fulfilling her usual responsibilities. She also incurred medical costs. She is accusing Bussett of failing to drive in a single lane, failing to brake, failing to exercise proper control, failing to keep a proper lookout, and driving too fast.

Side Impact Collisions
This usually involves a vehicle striking the side of another auto. This can prove fatal, as most vehicle safety features are concentrated in the vehicles’ front and rear sides. Bodily injury and spinal cord injuries are not uncommon during side impact accidents.

Illinois Truck Accident Cases
Most trucking companies are equipped to successfully fend off injury claims and limit their liability. You don’t want to take on a trucking company without speaking with an experienced Chicago truck crash law firm first. You may be able to sue a trucking company and a negligent truck driver for personal injury or, if you have lost a loved on in a trucking crash, you may have grounds for filing an Illinois wrongful death complaint.

Steps that you can take when you or your loved one has been injured in a truck crash:
• Document as much as you can about the collision
• Gather contact information of those involved in the crash
• Write down names and contact information of accident witnesses
• Call a Chicago, Illinois truck accident lawyer
• DON’T talk to the trucking company or its insurer
• DON’T settle your injury claim without consulting with your attorney.

Mack truck driver sideswipes Achieva, suit claims, The Record, January 7, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Side impact crash testing/ratings criteria,

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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