Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
A fatal February accident on Interstate 71 has led to a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed in a federal court in Ohio. This was one of many commercial vehicle accidents in which truck drivers are accused of failing to slow down when they approach slow-moving traffic. In this case, the truck driver, his employer and the company that handles the maintenance of the company’s trucks were named as defendants.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of a 50-year-old woman who lost her life when a big rig rear-ended her vehicle. The complaint alleges that the driver of the commercial vehicle failed to slow down and come to a stop in order to avoid a collision. He apparently smashed into the woman’s car, causing her to suffer critical injuries.
She was transported to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that the driver of the semi suffered no injuries. The plaintiffs assert that the claim exceeds $75,000, one of the requirements for the federal court filing. The lawsuit claims the trucking company was negligent in allowing the 63-year-old man to drive the commercial vehicle, alleging that he was not a competent driver.
Ohio residents who have lost loved ones in commercial vehicle accidents — or any other vehicle accidents — that were caused by the negligent actions of other parties may pursue claims for financial compensation. Retaining the services of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney may be beneficial. Professional counsel will work on gathering the necessary evidence to establish negligence before the court. If a wrongful death claim is successfully presented, end-of-life expenses and other documented financial losses may form part of any monetary judgment awarded.
Source: cleveland.com, “Lawsuit filed against trucking company for fatal crash in Middleburg Heights“, Eric Heisig, July 14, 2015