November 2014 Archives

Truck Accident Caught on Camera Results In Wrongful Death Suit

Automobile accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. The presence of commercial trucks on the road makes driving even more dangerous. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles an accident with a truck can have devastating results. Many parties can contribute to a trucking accident and many cases revolve around misconduct by the truck driver. Truck drivers work long hours, usually by themselves, which can cause them to fall subject to fatigue and boredom. These two factors often cause drivers to engage in negligent and reckless conduct while behind the wheel. Now, many drivers are monitored using cameras installed in the cabs of their trucks. A recent Illinois case is centered on footage recorded by one of these cameras. Jeanette Pivot, 64, was killed in an accident with a tractor trailer. She was traveling down I-80 at night when she realized there was a car accident ahead due to the flashing lights of a police vehicle. She stopped at the accident and was then hit in the rear by a tractor trailer traveling in the same direction who failed to stop in time. A camera installed in the driver's truck shows him with heavy eyelids and nodding off. It also shows that he does not react to the scene until 1 second before colliding with Pivot. The driver has been charged with reckless homicide and accused of falling asleep at the wheel. His attorneys claim that he did not fall asleep but was blinded by the scene ahead. Pivot's daughter has also filed a wrongful death suit against the driver and his employer, Black Horse Carriers, seeking damages for the death of her mother. It is unclear how the video will be perceived in this case.For now, the debate about the use of cameras in trucks and busses is ongoing. While these devices can show what happened before and after a crash, it is unclear if they actually prevent accidents from occurring. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, you need an experienced attorney. Contact the Chicago, McHenry and Waukegan, Illinois attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa today by calling (847)416-1989. 

Victim's Family Sues Drunk Driver and Bar That Served Him Alcohol

A drunken driving accident that caused the death of a 77-year-old man has now resulted to a lawsuit against both the driver and the bar that served him the drinks that led to his intoxication.Josef Brzek's daughters, Pawe and Anna, and his wife, Ewa, are the plaintiffs in the seven-count suit filed in Cook County court. It alleges wrongful death and negligence in Brzek's death. Ewa was at the wheel and Josef was a passenger in their 2002 Ford Taurus when 42-year-old Nicholas Raspanti drove into oncoming traffic and hit the Brzek's car in a head-on collision.The accident occurred at 6:45PM on July 1. Josef Brzek died at 9:19AM the following morning. The autopsy showed that multiple injuries caused his death, with heart disease cited as a secondary factor. The medical examiner ruled the death an accident.The wrongful death action seeks at least $350,000 in damages and names both Raspanti and the establishment that served him, Kowal's Bar and Grill in Hickory Hills, as defendants. According to Cook County Sheriff's office and the police, Raspanti has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI and is being held with bail set at $500,000.Under Illinois law, plaintiffs can sometimes recover damages from a bar if they can prove, among other things, that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who harmed them; that the alcohol caused the patron's intoxication; and that the intoxication had a causal role in the harm the plaintiffs suffered.If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligent conduct of others, you may be entitled to damages, both from those directly responsible and from those who played a contributing role. The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Ryan, Ryan & Landa have experience handling all types of accidents and injury claims, including lawsuits for wrongful death after an automobile accident. For a free consultation, call us today at (847) 416-1989. 

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