Q: Can I as a contract driver sue a previous trucking company for distress?
A previous company that I drove with, after requesting that I drive a vehicle without ensuring safety sent another driver to pick up truck and I was forced to drive with this unknown man or clear out my truck in under an hour (cancelling my contract). Due to previous trauma in my life I felt incredibly unsafe to drive this stranger and this truck was essentially my home for the better part of two years so in being forced to move it in such little time I lost a lot of my personal belongings on top of not getting paid. This put me into a depression that caused a cascade of events in my life leaving me on a down spiral. I am curious if it’s possible to sue this company for distress or if that’s a thing a lawyer would touch? I literally did not break any park of the agreement but these companies do put in their contract that they have right to cancel.
A: An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could depend on the nature of the safety issue and the reasonableness of your reluctance to drive, among other factors. You would need to reach out to local attorneys to try to set up a free initial consult for a more definitive overview. I'm sorry about your ordeal. Good luck
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