Secured Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Case Arising from Cargo that Allegedly Spilled from Truck Trailer and Crushed the Driver Due to Improper Loading
Amundsen Davis secured summary judgment for a multinational janitorial service contractor in a wrongful death case in Illinois state court. The plaintiff, a widow, alleged that the service contractor negligently loaded a trailer with recyclable materials, which caused the death of her truck-driver husband. However, there were no witnesses to corroborate the events, and insufficient evidence that the trailer loading was improper. The court ruled in favor of the contractor, finding that the plaintiff’s claim was too speculative for a jury trial based on the recorded evidence after discovery was closed.