Donald Stallworth III Killed In Waukegan Ambulance Accident By Lake Street and South Genesee Street
Wrongful Death - May 19, 2022
Donald Stallworth III, of North Chicago, Died In Waukegan Ambulance Accident While Riding Motorcycle Near The Intersection of Lake Street and South Genesee Street
WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS (May 19, 2022) – A North Chicago motorcyclist identified as Donald Stallworth III died in a Waukegan ambulance accident near Lake Street and South Genesee Street.
Lake County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Donald Stallworth III was riding a motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Waukegan ambulance.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Donald Stallworth III was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died due to his injuries.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Waukegan Ambulance Accidents
There are an estimated 6,500 accidents that involve ambulances every year in the United States. These accidents result in around 2,600 injuries and 33 fatalities per year. There are a number of factors that can make ambulances particularly dangerous. Ambulance drivers are allowed to speed, run red lights and perform all sorts of maneuvers that would be illegal for other drivers. There are a number of steps that emergency response drivers can take in order to prevent accidents.
- All emergency response drivers should complete their required training.
- All emergency response drivers should abstain from intoxicating substances like drugs or alcohol.
- All emergency response drivers should be well-rested before the start of their shift.
Illinois’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act provides a great deal of immunity from civil lawsuits to all EMS drivers when they provide emergency or non-emergency medical services within the course of their job duties. However, there are exceptions within this statute.
- EMS drivers must obey all traffic laws when they are not transporting patients. They cannot speed during this time or violate right-of-way laws.
- EMS drivers must alert the public of their presence by activating their lights and sirens during an emergency trip.
- EMS drivers must not act with willful or wanton conduct that puts the public at risk. If an EMS drivers acts in a way that is willful or wanton prior to an accident, this could form the basis of a civil claim.
The family of any victim that died in an accident with an ambulance may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, EMS companies will often fight hard to deny any responsibility if their driver kills someone. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Waukegan Ambulance Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Donald Stallworth III. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. It is our sincere hope that steps will be taken to prevent similar tragedies.
Do you need more information about a Waukegan ambulance accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates 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.