The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates truck drivers who transport materials between states. Commercial trucks and other large trucks over 10,000 pounds must adhere to the safety regulations and other regulations established by the FMCSA. Truck companies must comply with federal regulations regarding the minimum truck driver qualifications necessary for employment. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for injuries arising out of a trucking accident. Employers may also be held liable for negligent hiring practices if, for example, they hire a truck driver with a previous history of a poor driving record, a criminal record, or a history of drug and alcohol abuse. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact our expert truck accident personal injury attorneys right away.
On May 22, 2012, Aaron Swenson was stopped in his car on I-294 just north of Roosevelt Road in Illinois. Swenson was stopped in traffic while he was in a construction zone. Adam Troy, who was driving a truck, slammed into the back of Swenson’s car. Swenson’s car was pushed into the truck in front of him, and was immediately crushed. He died at the scene of the accident. Troy was found to have drugs in his system at the time of the accident. Criminal charges against Troy are still pending.
According to dailyherald.com, Swenson’s wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Troy and Hussman Corp. The jury awarded her a total of $22.7 million in damages–$10 million for grief and sorrow, $10 million for loss of society and $2.7 million for economic loss. This judgment is the largest wrongful death verdict in Cook County in the past decade. At the time of the accident, Swenson’s wife was pregnant with the couple’s first child, and delivered the baby a few weeks after Swenson’s death. Swenson hopes this will be a wake-up call for trucking companies to monitor and screen their drivers more carefully. Clifford Law Offices represented Swenson in this case.