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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Daughter of Woman Killed in Illinois Crash Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Could you be compensated if your loved one was killed in a car accident?

As common as it is, driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors we can engage in.  Not only do we have to be concerned with our own driving, but we must be worried about all of the other drivers on the road.  When another driver or drivers act negligently and cause personal injuries or death, the person injured or his or her family might be entitled to compensation.  Recently an Aurora, Illinois woman was killed due to the negligence of other drivers and her family has agreed to a large settlement.

In April of 2013, Carmen Cantu was driving her Nissan eastward down Interstate 88 in Illinois.  She was rear-ended by another car driven by Spencer Johnson and then hit by a commercial truck operated by Duane Buell and owned by Breckenridge Trucking Inc.  Cantu died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  Johnson was charged with traffic violations relating to his failure to slow down and was found guilty, while Buell was not held criminally liable.

Cantu’s daughter, Veronica Cantu, brought a wrongful death lawsuit, not only against Johnson and Buell, but also against Breckenridge Trucking. Both Johnson and Breckenridge are now paying out after reaching a $1.25 million dollar settlement. Of the $1.25 million dollars, Breckenridge will pay out $1 million while Johnson’s insurance company will be responsible for $250,000.  As Cantu had two daughters, Veronica and Evelyn, the court will decide how the proceeds from the settlement will be divided.

Automobile accidents happen every day and some are more serious than others.  If you have sustained personal injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident, it is imperative to obtain the advice of a seasoned attorney. The Chicago, Waukegan and McHenry personal injury attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa have years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Call (847) 416-1989 for a consultation today.

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