A Cheyenne County judge recently confirmed that a trial date of September
16th, 2013 has been set for an Illinois trucker who has been charged with
four counts of manslaughter, four counts of motor vehicle homicide and
one count of motor vehicle homicide of an unborn child. The fatal accident
took place in September 2012 when 37-year-old Joseph Slezak was driving
along Interstate 80 near Sidney, Nebraska, approximately 40 miles from
the Wyoming border.
According to reports Slezak was in violation of federal commercial motor
vehicle regulations and hours-of-service regulations (which puts a limit
on the number of hours a driver can drive) at the time of the fatal accident.
Evidence indicated that Slezak had already been driving close to 15 hours
in an almost nonstop trek from Milwaukee and failed to adhere to traffic
advisories and emergency signs warning drivers to slow down for an upcoming accident.
As he approached the accident witness statements indicate Slezak did not
even attempt to slow down his truck before he crashed into the vehicle
carrying 30-year-old Christopher Schmidt, his 28-year-old wife Diana Schmidt
and their two children ages 2 and 3. Diana Schmidt was also 30-weeks pregnant
at the time of the accident. The entire family died as a result of the
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, trucking accidents
are commonly amongst the most lethal types of accidents. The majority
of victims killed in trucking accidents are not the truckers themselves,
but drivers and passengers from other vehicles involved. Speed, size,
weight and many other factors can all contribute to the extent of the
damage and injury caused in a trucking accident. If you or a loved one
has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, we advise you to contact
an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Robert Pahlke Law Group as
soon as possible.
Our lawyers have more than 85 years combined experience in personal injury
law. We have extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining
to truckers. We know how to determine whether or not negligence played
a role in causing your injuries, and we work hard to uncover any evidence
which would clearly indicate who is at fault. When you contact our firm
we will review your case, advise you of your legal rights, help you determine
how best to proceed and work aggressively to help you obtain the compensation
you rightfully deserve.
We know that a personal injury accident has the capability of dramatically
changing the way you are able to live your life. If you want an aggressive
advocate who will fight hard to help you protect your interests, contact a Nebraska truck accident attorney
to discuss your case today.