16-Year-Old Boy Died In Aurora Truck Accident
Truck Accident - November 17, 2023
Teenage Bicyclist Died In Aurora Car Accident With Pickup Truck on Ogden Avenue
AURORA, ILLINOIS (November 17, 2023) – A 16-year-old boy has tragically died in an Aurora bicycle accident with a pickup truck by Ogden Avenue and Montgomery Road.
Kane County officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday afternoon. The teen bicyclist was crossing Montgomery Road when he was hit by a Ford F-450 pickup truck making a right turn.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. The boy was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Sadly, he was later pronounced dead by medical staff.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Aurora Truck Accidents
Far too many people are injured or killed every year in bicycle accidents. According to the National Safety Council, “The number of preventable deaths from bicycle transportation incidents decreased 2.5% in 2021 but have increased 37% in the last 10 years (from 900 in 2012 to 1,230 in 2021). At the same time, the number of preventable nonfatal injuries has declined 44%, from 532,212 in 2011 to 299,944 in 2021.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to any bicycle accident.
- Bicycle accidents are more likely to occur at night and during times of reduced visibility.
- Bicycle accidents are more likely to occur when drivers are making turns.
- Bicycle accidents are more likely to occur when drivers are fatigued or intoxicated.
All drivers must use caution to avoid accidents involving bicyclists. Pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1, drivers should slow down and use their horn when necessary to alert pedestrians of their presence. Drivers must be especially cautious around pedestrians or any confused person in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a bicyclist this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any bicycle accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The employment status of the driver involved should be understood.
If a truck driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Sadly, though, drivers will often do everything that they can to deny responsibility for any collision.
Investigating Kane County Bicycle Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the cyclist that died in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about an Aurora bicycle accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims understand their rights and working to make our roads safer. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into any crash we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.