Motorcyclist Injured In Naperville Semi-Truck Accident By Illinois Route 59 and 95th Street
Truck Accident - April 27, 2022
37-Year-Old Motorcyclist From Naperville Critically Injured In Truck Accident By Illinois Route 59 and 95th Street
NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS (April 27, 2022) – A 37-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Naperville semi-truck accident by Illinois Route 59 and 95th Street.
Will County police officials are saying the collision took place around 10:24 a.m. on Wednesday. A motorcyclist was proceeding through the intersection when a semi-truck made a left turn directly in front of him.
The Naperville man was not able to avoid the collision and hit the side of the tractor-trailer truck. Witnesses said that the motorcycle and truck both caught fire after the crash.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to help the victim and put out the fires. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with major injuries. It remains unclear if the driver of the semi-truck will face any citations for the crash.
Liability In Naperville Motorcycle Crashes
Semi-trucks can be very dangerous and are responsible for over 4,000 traffic fatalities annually in the United States. They are especially dangerous when truck drivers make left turns. This is why many companies like UPS design their GPS software to eliminate as many left turns as possible. In fact, a study from the NHTSA showed that 61% of crashes that occured at intersections involved left turns. This compares to 1.2% for right turns. Truck drivers should take a number of steps to prevent collisions.
- All truck drivers should be adequately rested before the start of their shift.
- All truck drivers should check their blind spots before making left turns.
- All truck drivers should abstain from drugs or substances that could potentially impair them.
Semi-truck drivers must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many truck accidents are due to truck drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left onto any road, alley or driveway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles traveling from the opposite direction close enough so as to pose a hazard. Truck drivers that make abrupt left turns in front of motorcyclists will typically be liable in the event of a collision.
There could be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident beyond a truck driver. The company that a truck driver worked for could be liable for the negligent actions of a their driver. Employers are typically liable for the negligent actions of their employees. However, they will typically not be liable for the negligent actions of the “independent contractors” that they hire. The company that vetted or hired a truck driver could be liable for an accident if the driver lacked the proper credentials for their vehicle. Victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies will often do everything in their power to deny liability for any accident involving their driver. A truck accident attorney can examine your case free of cost and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Investigating A Will County Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the victim of this Naperville collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There are many questions that need to be answered. Was this truck driver distracted prior to the crash? Did they have the proper credentials? Is there a history of collisions at this intersection?
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a semi-truck accident? Our team of motorcycle safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. 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 support after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.