Posted On: March 9, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Family Sues Fedex Over Semi-Truck Crash that Claimed Three Lives

The Chicago family of Victor Chacon, 26, Brianna Chacon, 10, and Tatyana Alvarez, 11 are suing FedEx and truck driver George Grimes Jr. over the deadly semi-truck accident that resulted in their wrongful deaths. The three victims died late last month when they were ejected from their vehicle on U.S. Interstate 65. Four other family members, Victor Chacon, 49, Melissa Gonzalez, Yaznylie Chacon, 2, and Victor Chacon, 5, were sent to the hospital for their injuries.

The family was driving back from Florida where the younger adult Victor had just gotten married to Melissa’s best friend when then the catastrophic truck accident happened. According to police, at around 3:30am on February 23, the FedEx semi rear-ended the Nissan Pathfinder SUV that was transporting the Chicago family. Per relatives, the elder Victor Chacon, who is married to Melissa and is the father of the three girls and the two younger Victors, broke two bones in his spine. Yaznylie broke her legs and suffered head trauma. Victor, 5, sustained serious injuries.

With their large trucks, Fedex drivers must be careful not to become involved in a collision. Yet, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over the years, there have been hundreds of truck crashes involving a FedEx truck. Often, it is the people involved that weren’t in the truck who end up getting hurt. FedEx companies that use large truck include, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground Package System Inc., FedEx Freight, Inc., FedEx Ground Package System Ltd, Fedex Supply Chain Systems, Inc., and FedEx National Ltl., Inc.

Regardless of who owns the large truck that you or a loved one was involved in a traffic crash with, it is important that you explore your legal options. Suing for Chicago truck accident damages is not the same as filing a car accident claim. Getting legal help increases your chances of obtaining the maximum recovery possible.

Crash kills 2 kids, man returning from Fla. wedding, Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2011

Crash Kills New Groom, 2 Children, NBC Chicago, February 24, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues New Ejection Mitigation Rule, NHTSA, January 13, 2011

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