Driver Killed In Dekalb County Semi-Truck Accident On I-88
Truck Accident - September 27, 2023
Driver In Stalled Vehicle Rear-Ended By Semi-Truck Along Interstate 88 In Dekalb County
DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS (September 27, 2023) – The driver of a stalled vehicle has tragically died in a Dekalb County semi-truck accident along Interstate 88.
Deklab County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night. A driver was stalled in lanes of traffic on I-88.
The driver was outside of his vehicle when they were hit by a semi-truck that failed to stop. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
Sadly, the driver of the passenger vehicle died due to the severe nature of their injuries. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Deklab County Semi-Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in semi-truck accidents. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,714 people died in large truck crashes in 2021, a 17 percent increase compared with 2020. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” There are many steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.
- Truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
- Truck drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.
- Truck drivers should continuously scan the road ahead of them for hazards.
All truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing harm. According to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that a truck driver worked for could be liable for a collision. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees. Sadly, though, truck companies will do everything in their power to deny liability for fatal collisions. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any semi-truck accident.
Investigating Illinois Semi-Truck Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the driver killed in this Dekalb County semi-truck accident. Any person that may know more about this collision should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Do you need more information about any Dekalb County semi-truck accident? Our team of pedestrian 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 drivers are held accountable for their negligence. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.