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Injured Firefighter Files Lawsuit Against Trucking Company

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2013 – An Illinois firefighter filed a lawsuit against a trucking company over injuries from a truck accident.

Tyler Cobler, a Hudson firefighter, filed the federal lawsuit against Move It Auto Transport of Washington state. The March accident on Interstate 39 killed Chris Brown, a firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department. The collision also injured four other firefighters and damaged three emergency vehicles.

“This tragic case underscores the importance of slowing down when encountering emergency vehicles,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago truck accident attorney not involved in the case.

The lawsuit also names Mansur Shakirov, the driver of the truck, as a defendant. Shakirov reportedly lost control while driving his tractor-trailer on a snowy night and collided with emergency vehicles that were working at the scene of a previous accident. The driver is facing charges of reckless homicide. Cobler's lawsuit claims that Shakirov was reckless and/or negligent.

According to reports, McLean County officials were advised at about 9:45 p.m. on March 5 that a multiple-vehicle collision had occurred on Interstate 39, close to mile marker 6. Both police and fire units were dispatched. The southbound semi-trailer truck struck the first responder vehicles at approximately 10:45 p.m. The injured firefighters were taken to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Medical staff pronounced Chris Brown dead at 11:38 p.m. Brown was 39 years old and married with two sons.

The defendant trucking company is alleged to have committed numerous violations, including failing to properly train the driver, not keeping adequate records, permitting the driver to operate without proper safety controls and not investigating the competence of the driver.

Cobler's attorney said that adequate safety laws regarding inclement weather already exist, and could have prevented the accident, but they are not routinely enforced.

The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 for Cobler's permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and lost earnings, both past and future. Cobler's attorney declined to indicate the amount of damages being sought, but said that a similar case had an award of $18 million.

To learn more about a Chicago personal injury lawyer and Chicago personal injury attorney, Paul Greenberg, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

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