Marengo Woman Injured In Union Dump Truck Accident

29-Year-Old Marengo Woman Seriously Injured In Car Accident With International Dump Truck on Illinois Route 176 and Union Road

Marengo Woman Injured In Union Dump Truck Accident

UNION, ILLINOIS (May 25, 2024) – A 29-year-old woman from Marengo was injured in a Union dump truck accident along Illinois Route 176 at Union Road.

McHenry County officials are saying that the collision took place on Thursday morning. The driver of an International Dump Truck ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2021 Dodge Durango SUV driven by a woman from Marengo, Illinois.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. She was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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

Liability For McHenry County Dump Truck Accidents

Far too many people are seriously injured or killed every year in collisions involving dump trucks. According to the Engineering News Record, “Dump truck accidents severe enough that the vehicle had to be towed away rose 9%, hitting 8,206 in 2016, the latest year statistics are available.” This can be attributed to poor driving habits and overworked drivers. Dump trucks pose a number of unique hazards for those in smaller passenger vehicles.

  • Dump trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.
  • Dump trucks can weigh 10 times more than passenger vehicles and therefore take much longer to stop.
  • Dump trucks have a wide turning radius, which can increase the likelihood of side-impact collisions.

Dump truck drivers are required to get a commercial license and are required to exercise a great deal of care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-1204, except when directed by a police officer, every driver approaching a stop sign at an intersection shall stop before entering the crosswalk and yield to any driver traveling from the opposite direction that is close enough to pose a hazard. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver who goes past a yield sign without stopping.

Depending on the facts of any case, the company that a dump truck driver worked for could also be held at fault for a collision. 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. For example, a dump truck driver may have been transporting material when they were involved in a crash. There are a number of factors that could contribute to a dump truck accident.

  • Dump truck collisions may occur because truck drivers are distracted.
  • Dump truck collisions may occur because truck drivers are fatigued from being overworked.
  • Dump truck collisions may involve vehicle system failures on dump trucks that were not being properly maintained.

It can be hard to know where to begin after any dump truck collision. Accident victims are often left with high medical bills and also may need to take extensive time off of work. To make matters worse, dump truck companies will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility for any collision. If you or someone that you care about has been impacted by the negligence of a dump truck driver, it is always a good idea to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Investigating Union Dump Truck Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the woman injured in this Union dump truck accident. It is our sincere hope that she will be able to make a full recovery. This was a preventable collision that should never have taken place. The dump truck company involved in this crash should do the right thing and accept responsibility for what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Union dump truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.