Chicago, LA – A Louisiana man’s sister has filed a suit against a Chicago-based construction material supplier, alleging that one of the company’s cement trucks hit her brother and killed him while crossing a street.
As the administrator of deceased Edwin Hoffa’s estate, Ms. Sharon LeMond is suing Lafarge North America Incorporated. LeMond filed her wrongful death suit on 14th October in the circuit court of Cook County in Chicago, IL.
The suit says Hoffa was crossing a Jefferson Parish street as a pedestrian on 8th November, 2013 when a triple-axle cement truck ran over him. Hoffa was killed instantly at the scene. The owner of that truck was defendant Lafarge North America Incorporated and the vehicle was being operated by an employee of this company, according to the suit.
The exact reason for the accident is not specified in the lawsuit. LeMond is asking for at least $50,000 in damages, in addition to court costs, funeral costs, litigation costs, and attorney’s fees. A Chicago law firm is representing her.
Truck accidents are often fatal because of the massive size and weight of the vehicle. And, despite the rigorous traffic regulations, the number of accidents involving trucks is increasing in the U.S year after year.
Recently, two individuals were killed in New Jersey in a fiery truck crash. The accident took place as a tractor-trailer overturned and trapped a car underneath. Both the vehicles burst into flames, according to authorities. According to prosecutors in Essex County, the truck was flipping on to the car on NJ Rte 21 at Belleville in Illinois at around 7:30 PM. One more car had been involved in this accident however it did not catch fire, authorities say.
There were two passengers in the car that caught fire in the crash and both of them were pronounced dead. The drivers of other 2 vehicles were not injured in the accident. According to the witnesses who were at the shopping mall near the scene, the truck was cut off by a car which continued on, causing the tractor trailer to careen against the rail and to tip to the side, trapping one more car underneath. Nicole Decaito, a witness, said the truck driver was cut off by someone and, therefore, the accident was not because of his fault.
The accident is still under investigation, according to authorities.