Posted On: March 24, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Truck Accident Lawsuit Filed in Pedestrian Death

Marilyn Headley is suing truck driver Kevin J. Cobb and Beelman Truck Co. Inc. for wrongful death. Her Illinois truck crash complaint is on behalf of Robert W. Schaefer’s estate.

Schaefer died last year after he was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Cobb while walking across a Granite City intersection. The intersection was unmarked.

Headly contends that the defendants were negligent. She is seeking over $100,000.

Illinois Wrongful Death
In Illinois, you have two years from the date of injury to file your Chicago wrongful death claim. This may seem like a lot time from now, but in fact, there is a lot that your attorney will need to do to successfully pursue your Chicago semi-truck crash lawsuit and the sooner he/she gets started, the better. Your Illinois injury attorney may have to consult with accident and medical professionals to build your case and determine the full scope of your injuries and the damages you should receive.

Trucking companies can be especially tough when it comes to denying or diminishing liability. What cannot be diminished is the unquantifiable loss of someone’s life—especially when so unexpectedly and in such a traumatic manner in a Chicago tractor-trailer collision.

Pedestrians hit by a large truck will likely sustained serious, if not fatal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crush injuries, organ damage, and head injuries. Truckers owe a duty of care to ensure that they aren’t involved in any type of crash, especially as it is the other parties that are most likely to get hurt.

Beelman Truck sued over pedestrian fatality in unmarked crosswalk, The Record, March 24, 2011

Related Web Resources:
The Large Truck Causation Study

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

More Blog Posts:
Father and Son Injured in Illinois Truck Crash File $6M Federal Lawsuit, Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, March 17, 2011

Chicago Family Sues Fedex Over Semi-Truck Crash that Claimed Three Lives, Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, March 9, 2011

$5M Illinois Semi-Truck Settlement Reached Between Hospital Corporation and Attorney’s Estate, Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, February 28, 2011

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