Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Chicago Trucking Accident
About the Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The victim, 25-year-old Virginia Murray, died on July 1. Murray was riding a Divvy bike and was hit by a flat-bed truck at Sacramento and Belmont. She became the nation’s first fatality related to bike sharing.
According to CBS Chicago, the family is suing the truck driver and the flooring supply company he works for. An attorney representing Virginia Murray’s parents stated Murray was in the right-hand lane and had the right-of-way when the truck, also traveling in the right-hand lane, attempted to make a right turn and struck the cyclist.
Virginia Murray was wearing a helmet. It remains unclear as to whether she was attempting to turn right or go straight at the light.
The city of Chicago and the owner of Divvy Bikes are not being sued at this point in time but are named in the suit as respondents in discovery.
Trucking Accident Statistics
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,964 people were killed in collisions involving large trucks in 2013.
- Of those killed:
- 71 percent (2,834) were identified as occupants of vehicles other than large trucks.
- 17 percent (691) were identified as occupants of large trucks.
- 11 percent (439) were identified as nonoccupants, including pedestrians and pedalcyclists.
- An additional 95,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2013.