Attorneys
Where your injury case is all that matters
TAKE ACTION NOW!
NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN
OFFICE LOCATION

Wrongful death suit aimed at Illinois and drugged driver

A lawsuit stemming from a bizarre, fatal car crash blames the state of Illinois for negligence. The driver and owner of a vehicle that smashed into two state-owned vehicles have also been named in the wrongful death suit.

Court documents detail the death of a 27-year-old Morris man, who performed community service work for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The worker and two colleagues were sitting in the bucket of a work tractor parked in a Stratton Park lot when a car struck the tractor's side.

The jolt caused by the accident caused the three workers to fall out of the tractor bucket. One of the men fell near an Illinois-owned work truck. The car careened off the tractor and into the pickup truck, causing the vehicle to strike and kill the fallen community service worker.

Police reports say the 20-year-old driver was high on methamphetamines and marijuana when his car careened into the state vehicles in the parking lot. The lawsuit claims the crash in the spring of 2011 was "intentional."

The four-count lawsuit against the car driver, car owner, the Department of Natural Resources and the state was brought by the administrator of the accident victim's estate. The estate administrator is also the guardian of the crash victim's son.

The wrongful death suit seeks a minimum of $50,000 for each count of alleged negligence. The state and its agency are charged with the failure to protect the community service worker from harm.

Court papers state it was IDIR's responsibility to warn the workers not to sit in the tractor bucket. The filing also accuses the state of lax safety practices for not marking off the parking lot work space with ropes.

Source: Morris Daily Herald, "Freak fatal accident leads to lawsuit," Jan. 4, 2011

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

TAKE ACTION NOW!
NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN

TAKE ACTION NOW! NO FEES UNLESS YOU WIN!

We’ll review your case at NO COST TO YOU. And, you don’t pay any fees unless we win your case. Contact us today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney | Personal Injury
  • American Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Attorneys

Main Office

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid
1730 Park Street
Suite 209
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-848-9294
Fax: 630-428-0044
Map & Directions

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid
212 W Washington, Suite 809
Chicago, IL 60606

Map & Directions

Chicago Office