Brian Anderson Injured In Hampshire Township Car Accident
Truck Accident - October 24, 2023
Kane County Deputy Brian Anderson Seriously Injured In Hampshire Township Collision With Pickup Truck Towing Loaded Trailer on Route 47 By Plank Road
HAMPSHIRE TOWNSHIP, ILLINOIS (October 28, 2023) – A Kane County Sheriff’s deputy identified as Brian Anderson was injured in a Hampshire Township car accident on Route 47.
Kane County officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Brian Anderson was traveling south on Route 47 when his squad car was hit head-on by a pickup truck that swerved into oncoming traffic.
A medical helicopter was called to the scene in order to help the victim. Deputy Brian Anderson was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital with multiple leg fractures.
The victim worked as a deputy for 10 months after serving several years at the Arlington Heights Police Department. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Kane County Car Accidents
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of injury and death for police officers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for law enforcement officers in the United States – they are also preventable. From 2011-2020, 454 officers died due to motor vehicle related incidents (struck by and crashes) – 33% of all line-of-duty deaths (excluding COVID-19 deaths).” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a car accident.
- Drivers may fail to yield to emergency vehicles.
- Drivers may be distracted by their cellphones.
- Drivers may be fatigued.
- Drivers may lose control due to vehicle system failures.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to (625 ILCS 5/11-701), “a vehicle shall be driven in the right-hand lane available for traffic, or as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction.” If a driver crosses into opposing lanes of traffic and hits another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
If the driver of a pickup truck was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Pickup trucks are often used for commercial purposes such as construction and landscaping. 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. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any car accident.
- Photographs and videos of the crash and its aftermath should be sought. Car accidents are often captured by surveillance footage.
- Contact information for all parties involved should be captured.
- The police report for the collision should be sought.
- Medical records related to all injuries sustained should be preserved.
- If distracted driving is a suspected factor for a collision, cell phone records can be used to demonstrate a phone was being used at the time of the crash.
Going through a car accident is often one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through. Victims are often left with life-altering injuries and may need to take extensive time off of work. It is important for accident victims to remember that they do have legal recourse. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of another driver may have recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating Kane County Car Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to deputy Brian Anderson as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim and his family.
Do you need more information about a Kane County car accident? Our team of roadway safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.