Man Injured In Carol Stream Utility Truck Accident on North Avenue

34-Year-Old Man Critically Injured In Carol Stream Pedestrian Accident Involving Utility Truck on North Avenue By St. Charles Road

Man Injured In Carol Stream Utility Truck Accident on North Avenue

CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS (May 22, 2024) – A 34-year-old male pedestrian was critically injured in a Carol Stream car accident with a utility truck along North Avenue.

DuPage County officials are saying that the collision took place around 4:14 p.m. on Tuesday. A pedestrian was hit by a utility truck hauling a trailer carrying a full load of cable spools.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield with critical injuries.

A full investigation into the Carol Stream truck accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For DuPage County Utility Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks account for a relatively small number of vehicles on the road. But they are involved in a disproportionate number of serious collisions. Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In 2021, approximately 7,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes, the most in 40 years. During 2009–2016, approximately 47,000 traffic-related hospital admissions occurred annually among pedestrians.” Truck drivers should take a number of measures in order to avoid pedestrian collisions.

  • Truck drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.
  • Truck drivers should always use their turn signals to let pedestrians know their intentions.
  • Truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns on the road.

All truck drivers have a legal obligation to take all measures necessary to avoid colliding with pedestrians. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1, every driver must exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian. They must also use their horns when necessary and exercise the proper precautions to avoid colliding with any child or obviously confused person. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Liability for a truck accident could extend beyond any driver. In general, employers can be held accountable for the wrongful actions of their employees. This is based on the legal concept of vicarious liability. But for an employer to be held responsible, the employee in question must have been acting within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a truck driver may have been transporting materials when they crashed. It is important that certain steps be taken after any pedestrian collision.

  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The police report for the incident should be reviewed.
  • A forensic reconstruction of the crash site may need to be conducted.

Car accidents can be one of the hardest events that most people will ever go through. Victims are often left with long-term injuries that leave them with high medical bills. It may also impair or remove their ability to be gainfully employed. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights. Any person injured in a Carol Stream car accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Carol Stream Utility Truck Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in the Carol Stream utility truck accident. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be some accountability for what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Carol Stream pedestrian collision? You may have legal recourse. Our team of pedestrian safety advocates is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.