A jury awarded $23.75 million last month to victims of a crash involving three cars and a tractor-trailer loaded with potatoes. Two people were killed in the accident, one was badly hurt and others were injured. On April 1, 2004, Joseph G. Sperl was northbound on I-55 and because of an earlier, unrelated accident, the man slowed his vehicle. His car was then hit by a tractor-trailer and that rig collided with a second vehicle driven by Thomas Sanders, who also died in the accident. Five other people were injured when two other semi-tractors and three more vehicles collided after the first crash.
DeAn Henry, who was driving the truck, was charged with driving on a suspended license and falsifying her log book. She pleaded guilty to the charges in 2005. A man who was injured joined the Sperl and Sanders families in the lawsuit which was filed against the truck driver, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the trucking company, and other Defendants.
Martin Healy, Jr. and Jack Cannon of the Healy Law Firm represented the Sperl family; John L. Cantlin of John L. Cantlin and Associates represented the Sanders family; and Joseph Shannon of the Shannon Law Group, represented the man who was injured. They all did good work for their clients.
Source: The Herald News and Chicago Tribune
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