$4 Million Settlement for Death of Driver Killed by Wheel Detached from Truck

Doe, age 26, was driving on a highway when a wheel detached from a truck driven by a trade school student on the opposite side of the road. The detached wheel crashed through Doe’s windshield killing him. Doe was survived by his parents.

Doe’s parents sued the trade school and the truck driver, alleging that the driver and her classmate had improperly secured this wheel to the truck. The truck belonged to the driver but was used at the trade school four days before the incident. It was also claimed that the students’ work had been unsupervised and was not inspected.

The Doe family claimed that the torque wrench used to do the work had been improperly calibrated and that the wheel had been under-torqued before its separation.

Additionally, the Doe family argued that the school chose not to establish adequate procedures to ensure the safety of its students and other motorists. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.

The trade school countered that the driver had mastered the skill of removing and reinstalling a tire and that industry standards did not require inspection of every screw and bolt during the exercise.

Before trial, the parties settled for approximately $4.02 million.

The attorney representing the Doe family in this tragic case was Marianne C. LeBlanc.

Doe v. Roe Trade School, Confidential.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling wrongful death lawsuits, product defect cases, truck accident lawsuits, negligent hiring lawsuits, highway accident cases and car accident lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Streamwood, Roselle, Rosemont, Villa Park, Northlake, Westmont, Darien, Bolingbrook, Lemont, Lansing, Crestwood, Forest Park, Harvey, Homewood, Olympia Fields, University Park, Sauk Village, West Chicago, Batavia, Geneva, Bloomingdale, Northbrook, Chicago (South Loop, Greek Town, Chinatown, Lakeview, Uptown, North Mayfair, Albany Park, Forest Glen, West Ridge, West Rogers Park, Andersonville, Boys Town, South Loop, McKinley Park, West Garfield Park, Tri-Taylor, Ukrainian Village, Austin, Archer Heights, Chicago Lawn, Morgan Park, West Pullman, Mount Greenwood, Calumet Heights, Hegewisch, Chatham, Brainard, Princeton Park, West Chesterfield, Burnside, Pill Hill, Cottage Grove Heights), Blue Island, Palos Heights, Justice, McCook, Brookfield, Winnetka, Lake Forest, North Chicago, Mundelein, Hawthorne Woods, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Itasca, Ill.

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