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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in truck accident

In the aftermath of a fatal truck accident, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed.

The accident occurred two years ago, far from Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania tragedy resonates for the many people here that have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents involving big rigs.

A truck driver traveling north on an interstate highway lost control of his tractor-trailer, crossed the median and crashed into the decedent's Chrysler Pacifica, then traveling southbound. The car's driver became trapped in his vehicle, which had to be cut open to recover his body.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed in federal court, is the motorist's widow and a U.S. citizen, though she lives in Canada. The lawsuit asserts that negligence was the cause of her husband's death, and seeks the recovery of damages from the truck driver as well as from four companies involved as owners of either the truck or trailer.

Police used a warrant to search the tractor-trailer for evidence of the use of illegal substances, mechanical failure and shipping papers or trip logs after the accident.

The lawsuit contends that the truck driver negligently failed to control his vehicle or to attempt to evade the crash. The corporations are alleged to have inadequately trained and supervised the driver, and also failed to adequately screen him in the hiring process.

A female motorist in an additional vehicle damaged in the crash was taken to a medical facility for treatment of nonfatal major injuries. The truck driver was treated for lesser injuries.

In many such lawsuits, the plaintiff requests compensation for things such as loss of anticipated incomes, funeral expenses and the like, as well as for the terrible pain and suffering they endure because of the loss of their loved one.

Source: The Sentinel: "Lawsuit filed in 2009 crash death on I-81": Aug. 10, 2011

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