Family of Illinois State Trooper Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of an Illinois State Trooper who was hit by a tractor-trailer.
The Illinois State Trooper was struck and killed by a truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 55. The family of Trooper Kyle Deatherage filed the wrongful death lawsuit against DOT Foods, the owner of the truck.
"This is a tragic incident," said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman, who is not involved in the case. "If the trooper's death was caused by the driver’s negligence, then a wrongful death lawsuit is the appropriate action to take."
Deatherage, 32, was conducting a traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois on November 26 when he was struck and killed by the tractor-trailer operated by DOT Foods.
Deatherage's family alleges in the wrongful death lawsuit that the driver of the truck suffered from a diabetic condition that could cause him to lose consciousness while driving. The lawsuit claims that DOT Foods should have discovered this condition and should not have hired the driver. The driver has not been charged with a crime.
In December of 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation revoked the driver's license, ruling that he was not medically fit to drive and had not exercised due care regarding his medical condition.
Illinois law requires drivers to move over for stopped emergency vehicles. The state recorded 952 traffic fatalities in 2012, an increase from 918 the previous year.
DOT Foods said in a statement that the company has no evidence that the medical condition of the driver played any role in the collision. The company said that the driver was a military veteran with a clean driving record and was driving in accordance with transportation guidelines set by the federal government. DOT Foods said the driver was operating with a medical card issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was in compliance with the Federal Motor Safety Act.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Facebook: Like Us!
Google Places: Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google Places!To learn more, contact a Chicago personal injury attorney or Chicago car accident lawyer at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg by calling 312.222.0010 or visiting http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.
- Internet Enabled Cars are not Immune to Hackers – Podcast
This month’s Chicago Injury Alerts explores cyber security and your internet enabled car. A security researcher had posted a video on YouTube demonstrating that he could hack the OnStar Remotelink application to unlock the doors and start the engine of a Volt.
- Illinois lawsuit seeks 4.35 million dollars from pharmaceutical manufacturer
An Illinois pharmaceutical negligence lawsuit seeking $4.35 million has been removed to a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court. The lawsuit, filed against the makers of Xarelto, alleges that the medication, which is designed to prevent strokes, instead prevented the plaintiff’s blood from properly congealing. The plaintiff, Sonja Lemoins, filed the 90-count complaint in Madison County, Illinois, ...
- Birth injury lawsuit filed alleging prenatal negligence
A $5 million birth injury lawsuit has been filed by a mother claiming that negligent prenatal care on the part of medical personnel caused her daughter to suffer a severe neurologic injury. According to the lawsuit, on June 2, 2010, the plaintiff was admitted to the labor and delivery unit of a hospital at Fort ...
- Illinois Appellate Court rules employer must pay workers’ compensation benefits to estate of deceased coal miner
The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that an employer could not avoid a judgment for payment of the full workers’ compensation benefits owed to the estate of a deceased coal miner, in spite of the employer alleging that it was owed a credit due to its payments to the estate under the Black Lung Benefits ...
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: Chicago car accident attorney, Chicago car accident lawyer, Chicago Injury Attorney, Chicago Injury Lawyer, Chicago Personal Injury Attorney, Chicago personal injury lawyer, Chicago wrongful death attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer