Allen Liesman Killed In Normal Semi-Truck Accident At Sam’s Club Loading Dock On Shepard Road

Allen Liesman Died In Normal Big Rig Truck Accident At Sam’s Club Loading Dock Along Shepard Road

Allen Liesman Killed In Normal Semi-Truck Accident At Sam's Club Loading Dock On Shepard Road

MCLEAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS (February 21, 2022) – A man identified as Allen Liesman has tragically died in an accident involving his own semi-truck at Sam’s Club loading dock on Shepard Road.

McLean County police officials are saying that the accident took place on Wednesday morning. Allen Liesman was at the loading dock when he became pinned by his own tractor trailer.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Allen Liesman was eventually freed and given life-saving medical treatment.

Sadly, the victim died from traumatic compressional asphyxia. Normal police officials are asking anyone that may have witnessed the accident to reach out to them.

Liability In Normal Semi-Truck Accidents

Despite numerous safety improvements, driving a commercial truck is still very dangerous. According to data from the  Bureau of Labor Statistics, 843  truck drivers died in accidents in 2019 alone. Truck drivers are often forced to work long hours which can increase the odds of an accident. In general, commercial trucks are top-heavy and more prone to tipping over. There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to help make truck accidents less frequent.

  • Automatic emergency braking systems help protect truck drivers and everyone else on the road.
  • Blind-spot alert systems can prevent many accidents.
  • Improving road infrastructure can also go a long way towards preventing collisions.

Entrapment accidents may seem like freak occurrences, but they are actually fairly common. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has listed entrapment accidents as one of the “fatal four” causes of workplace death. When a worker dies on the job, their family may be entitled to benefits through the worker’s compensation system. Worker’s compensation is a no-fault system in Illinois.  In other words, workers do not need to establish fault in order to receive benefits.

Depending on the facts of any case, there could be third party liability for any truck accident. Third party liability occurs when an entity separate from a worker’s employer caused an accident. For example, the manufacturer of a truck could be held liable for a collision if a truck or its component parts malfunctioned. Fiat-Chrysler has been sued after many of its vehicles unexpectedly rolled away and crushed their drivers. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.

  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Work records should be examined.
  • Maintenance records should be looked at.

The family of any truck driver that died in an accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin such as their spouse or children. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any accident. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability for a collision. An Illinois truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Normal Semi-Truck Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Allen Liesman. Any person that may have witnessed the accident should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need an investigation into a truck accident that took place in Normal? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.