Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding I-57 Fatal Truck Accident

Wrongful death lawsuits are often filed following a fatal accident in which negligent actions of one person (or party) causes the death of another person.  The September 27, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Family of Florida man killed in I-57 crash suing trucker” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit regarding an I-57 fatal accident near Manteno.

As seen in the article, as well as the description seen in this September 21 Daily Journal article, the fatal accident involved a semi truck that “rear-ended” a Toyota car, causing a front-seat passenger in the Toyota, Jake H. Hemrick, 26, of Tampa, Florida, to die in the crash.  A back seat passenger also died following the accident, and the Toyota’s driver suffered injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article.  An excerpt:


The driver of the International truck, a 68-year-old Carendon Hills man, was citied for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.

James Hemrick filed the wrongful death suit on behalf of Jake Hemrick Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. The suit accuses the driver of negligence and also seeks damages from his employer, National Carriers of America, Inc.

The suit claims the driver was driving too fast and didn’t maintain a safe distance between his truck and the Toyota.


Additional details regarding this fatal truck-car accident and the associated wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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