Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid - Naperville Personal Injury Lawyer Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm
Free Consultations: 630-848-9294
No Fee Unless You Win | Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day
1730 Park Street, Suite 209, Naperville, IL 60563
630-848-9294

Widow files suit against fatigued driver in truck accident

A truck driver and his employers are facing a civil suit after the death of an Illinois state trooper in March 2013. The trooper's widow officially filed the lawsuit at the end of 2013; she is seeking financial damages from the individual driver, along with several other companies that were overseeing that man's performance and efforts. The 26-year old driver in the truck accident is facing criminal charges in connection with the matter, as federal officials allege that the man violated safety provisions designed to keep other motorists safe.

Authorities say that the accident, which occurred on March 28, 2013, happened when the driver fell asleep behind the wheel on the Tri-State Tollway. He is accused of striking the trooper while the officer was parked on the left-hand side of the road on I-294. The truck accident occurred when the driver of the larger vehicle veered onto the shoulder of the road, plowing into the rear-end of the victim's vehicle. The trooper died when his vehicle caught on fire because of the impact.

The truck driver was working for United Van Lines in conjunction with several other companies, according to news reports. He had violated federal rules by driving over 14 hours without a required 10-hour rest period. The driver has been fined $2,500, while United Van Lines will pay a $5,000 fine.

Although both negligent entities in this case have already been subject to criminal fines, they may also be required to pay financial damages for their role in the trooper's death. Truck driver fatigue is an inexcusable condition that is regulated by occupational safety rules. The fact that this man is also accused of violating provisions designed to keep others safe on the road may lead to significant consequences. The victim's widow may be entitled to seek financial compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and a variety of other civil claims.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Widow Sues Truck Driver, Moving Companies in Trooper’s Death" No author given, Jan. 10, 2014

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "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.

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • "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.

Related Blog Posts

  • Jan 06

    Motor vehicle accidents: 2 airlifted to hospital after crash

    A moment of inattention or a brief bout with fatigue are just two examples of scenarios that could leave a driver more susceptible to losing control and veering off course. Motor vehicle accidents involving a vehicle that has drifted off...

    Read More
  • Jan 02

    Why would your doctor order an emergency C-section?

    Women have been having babies for centuries, eons in fact. It is one of the most natural processes in nature. So, when you found out you were pregnant, you probably never thought that you would have anything but a normal...

    Read More
  • Dec 23

    Motor vehicle accidents: Head-on crash proves fatal

    When a driver loses control of a vehicle and shifts into the opposite lanes of traffic, oncoming drivers may find it nearly impossible to react quickly enough to prevent an unfortunate scenario. Motor vehicle accidents involving similar situations can have...

    Read More

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

Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day No Fees Unless You Win - Call 630-848-9294