A mother will never get to meet her child and a child is without a mother due to a semi-truck accident that claimed the life of a pregnant pedestrian.
According to police, the accident took place around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at the intersection of LaSalle Drive and Grand Avenue in Chicago. The victim, a 29-year-old woman, was crossing the street at the intersection when a semi-truck that was heading west on Grand Avenue started to make a left-hand turn and struck her. She was trapped under the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. Bystanders attempted to help her and called 911.
The victim, who police say was at least six months pregnant, was taken to Northwestern University Hospital in critical condition. Despite doctors best efforts, she succumbed to her injuries. Her child was delivered early and doctors are working to save its life. Police have not confirmed the sex of the child.
An investigation is pending and police have cited the driver of the truck for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
Attorney Brian Kent has offered his thoughts on fatal semi-truck accidents and the legal action that loved ones can take:
“No one should ever have their life cut short because of the negligence of another person. Although nothing can ever replace a loved one, financial compensation can ensure that those left behind aren’t financially strained by their loss.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the loved ones of a truck accident victim. Typically those who are eligible to file include the parents, spouse, or child of the victim. This lawsuit can provide compensation for:
If you have lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer accident contact an attorney as quickly as possible. Not only are there time limits associated with filing the legal paperwork, evidence like surveillance video and black box data needs to be collected quickly in order to be preserved.”