Gustavo Orosa, Ali Jabali Killed In Romeoville Dump Truck Accident By Route 53 and University Parkway
Truck Accident - June 18, 2022
Gustavo Orosa, of Briadwood, Ali Jabali Died In Romeoville Rideshare Car Accident With Mack Dump Truck By The Intersection of Route 53 and University Parkway
ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS (June 17, 2022) – Two men identified as Gustavo Orosa and Ali Jabali were killed in a Romeoville dump truck accident by Route 53 and University Parkway.
Will County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:22 p.m. on Friday by the Lewis University Campus. Ali Jabali was in a silver Hyundai and the driver for a rideshare company – potentially Uber or Lyft.
Gustavo Loustaunau Orosa may have been a passenger inside of the backseat of the vehicle. For undetermined reasons, the Hyundai was involved in a collision with a Mack dump truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims. Despite life-saving measures, both Gustavo Orosa and Ali Jabali died due to the severity of their injuries.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Romeoville Dump Truck Accidents
Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber have become increasingly popular in the United States and across the world. But some studies have suggested that rideshare has led to a slight increase in the number of fatal collisions. According to a review of one study in Science, “[The study] concludes that the arrival of ride-sharing was associated with a 2% to 3% increase in the number of car occupants and pedestrians killed in accidents between 2011 and 2016.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to car accidents.
- Drivers are more likely to crash on unfamiliar roads.
- Accidents are more likely to occur at night and during periods of low visibility.
- Younger and more inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes.
Dump trucks and other commercial vehicles can be particularly hazardous to smaller vehicles. They have large blind spots and can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. All commercial truck drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to truck drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), all drivers intending to turn left must yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling from the opposite direction and close enough to pose a hazard.
If a dump truck driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. The company that owned a dump truck could be a private corporation or a municipal entity. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. It is important to determine the employment status of a dump truck driver at the time of a collision.
Rideshare passengers and drivers for both Uber and Lyft are protected by very generous insurance policies in the event of a collision. According to Lyft, “Our primary liability insurance is designed to act as the primary coverage from the time you accept a ride request until the time the ride has ended in the app. There is $1,000,000 of coverage per accident.” Uber has a very similar policy. There are a number of items that should be investigated following any collision with a rideshare vehicle.
- It should be determined if a passenger was being transported when a crash took place.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
The family of any victim that died in a Romeoville car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision. Truck companies will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility for an accident involving their driver. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Romeoville Dump Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the families of Gustavo Orosa and Ali Jabali. 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 all who have lost so much. It is our sincere hope that city officials will look into ways that this particular intersection can be made safer.
Do you need more information about a Romeoville dump truck 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.