Two Illinois-based trucking companies have been named in a $1.5 million injury suit after one of their drivers was involved in a tractor-trailer accident in early November.

Chicago, IL- A former Tennessee lawmaker is suing a truck driver and two Illinois-based trucking companies for $1.5 million after he sustained injuries in a multi-vehicle crash in early November.

Two Illinois Trucking Companies

Former Tennessee state Representative Jason Mumpower filed his federal civil suit on Monday, December 4, 2017, naming truck driver Pavel Gheleniuc, Gogu Trucking Express of Highland Park, Ill. and Sopranos Inc. of Palatine, Ill. as defendants.

Mumpower who now serves as the chief of staff for the Tennessee State Comptroller was traveling on Interstate 81 in Kingsport, Tennessee on November 2, 2017, when he came upon an accident involving an SUV. Moments later, a tractor-trailer driven by Gheleniuc, and owned by Gogu Trucking and Sopranos Inc. swerved to miss the collision and rear-ended Mumpower’s car pushing it into the rear of a U-Haul truck. Mumpower’s vehicle then rolled over before coming to rest on the wheels, the Kingsport Times-News reports.

According to the lawsuit, Mumpower broke an arm and sustained “extensive” injuries.

The suit claims the truck driver neglected his duty of care by failing to maintain control his vehicle, following too closely and failing to obey traffic control devices, according to the Times-News. The lawsuit also alleges both trucking companies were liable for his injuries.

Is a Trucking Company Liable for My Crash?

Before you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you need to identify each party that may be liable for a crash so that you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. That task is better handled by one of the trucking accident experts at When you retain one of our commercial trucking accident lawyers in Chicago, Illinois, they will begin an investigation of your crash and determine if a trucking company is responsible for your injuries.

A trucking company may be liable for a crash if they violate the following federal regulations:

Allowing or encouraging drivers to break hours-of-service rules and other federal and state laws

Failing to inspect their trucks regularly and conduct routine maintenance

Not making sure drivers have a CDL

Failing to do a background check on their drivers

Hiring a driver with DUI charges or a bad driving history

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