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Louis Anthony Cairo

GWC attorneys Louis Anthony Cairo and Bennett J. Baker recently obtained a $1.9 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a young woman who was tragically killed in an Illinois semi truck accident.

Semi Truck Accident Claims Two Lives

In August 2016, a 25-year-old woman was a passenger in a small sedan that was heading westbound on I-80 in Rutland Township, Illinois. At that time, a large semi truck was also heading westbound on I-80, directly behind the sedan.

When the young woman’s sedan stopped along with the rest of westbound traffic because of road construction, the semi truck driver negligently failed to reduce his speed, and he collided with the sedan so violently that it was forced under the trailer of a semi truck directly ahead of it, causing the other semi truck to strike the pickup truck in front of it. All four vehicles then caught fire, and the young woman, the sedan’s driver, and the pickup truck’s driver were killed on the scene.

GWC Obtains Wrongful Death Settlement for Grateful Family

Bennett J. Baker

The woman was survived by her parents and two brothers. The family hired GWC to help them get justice for the senseless, agonizing death of their beloved daughter and sister. The other two deceased individuals were represented by other law firms.

GWC filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck’s driver/owner and the company that owned the trailer. After conducting strong depositions with Defense witnesses, including the driver, Mr. Cairo and Mr. Baker were able to convince the Defendants’ insurance company to tender its full policy limits in this matter without a trial date being set. Out of these policy limits, GWC obtained a $1.9 million dollar settlement for the young woman’s surviving family.

“Obviously, nothing can bring this woman back,” said Mr. Cairo. “But by holding the Defendants accountable for her death, we hopefully can provide some comfort to her family and help prevent these unnecessary tragedies in the future.”

Let a Wrongful Death Attorney Help You in Your Time of Loss

At GWC Injury Lawyers, we know that the loss of a loved one can be devastating. For this reason, our firm is passionate about supporting the surviving family members in their time of loss by helping to get them the justice they deserve.

With more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements and over four decades in the business, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. We have a proven record of successfully fighting for our clients when they need us the most.

If your loved one has been killed because of someone else’s negligent actions, please contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Illinois wrongful death attorneys. Call our office at (312) 999-9999 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.