Man Injured In Dekalb County Truck Accident Involving Tire

Belvidere Man Seriously Injured In Dekalb County Semi-Truck Accident By Cherry Valley Road near Snake Road

Man Injured In Dekalb County Truck Accident Involving Tire

DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS (December 15, 2023) – A 28-year-old Belvidere man was injured after the tire from a semi-truck came off and hit his van along Cherry Valley Road in Dekalb County.

Dekalb County officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:28 p.m. on Thursday. A semi-truck was traveling westbound on Cherry Valley Road when two of its tires came off the axle.

One of the tires struck a Ford van that was heading eastbound. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Dekalb County Semi-Truck Accidents

Accidents involving tires may seem like freak occurrences, but they are actually quite common. According to Automotive Fleet, “Some 11,000 accidents occur every year due to bad tires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Moreover, dangerous driving conditions from winter weather and driving on worn tires are two of the most common causes for vehicle collisions.” There are a number of reasons that a vehicle tire may come off an axel.

  • The lug nuts or bolts holding the wheel to the axel may have been improperly tightened.
  • The wheel may have been improperly installed.
  • The wheel bearings may fail which could eventually lead to a detachment.
  • Problems with a vehicle’s suspension can contribute to a wheel detachment.

Truck drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must do everything within their power to prevent accidents. This includes taking the necessary steps to prevent catastrophic failures with their truck. Semi-trucks are in constant use and therefore require a great deal of maintenance. If a truck driver failed to properly maintain their vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any truck accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • The truck driver’s logbook should be reviewed.
  • Maintenance records for the truck should be examined.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.

Depending on the facts of any case, the company that manufactured a truck or its component parts could also be liable for a collision. Companies have a legal obligation to create products that are reasonably safe. A company could be liable for  an accident if it was caused by a defective product. Any person that is injured in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Illinois Semi-Truck Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the man injured in this Dekalb County semi-truck accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a DeKalb County semi-truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.