Sinan Memic Injured In Dupo Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 255
Truck Accident - December 13, 2022
Sinan Memic, of St. Louis, Died In St. Clair County Semi-Truck Accident On I-255 North of Dupo
DUPO, ILLINOIS (December 12, 2022) – A pedestrian identified as Sinan Memic was seriously injured in a Dupo semi-truck accident on Interstate 255.
St. Clair County officials are saying that the collision took place around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Sinan Memic was struck by a semi-truck under uncertain conditions.
Prairie du Pont firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Sinan Memic was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police interviewed the semi-truck driver who remained at the scene. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Dupo Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks can be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. It can also take a fully loaded truck traveling at 65 mph the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. According to the FMCSA, “Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash.” These elements may include:
- Truck driver experience
- Weather conditions
- Highway conditions
- Traffic Signaling
Semi-truck drivers will need to get a commercial drivers license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must abide by all rules and regulations set forth in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. For example, they must take periodic brakes during their shift and not exceed their maximum allotted work hours per day/week. Truck drivers are put under an enormous amount of pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible. This can lead to them becoming dangerously fatigued.
All truck drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1, the driver of any vehicle shall slow their vehicle, sound their horn and exercise the proper precaution to avoid colliding with any pedestrian in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian in the roadway, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that a truck driver worked for could be held liable for a collision. In general, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees who were performing their job duties. For example, a truck driver may have been delivering packages when they were involved in a crash. However, truck companies will often try to evade liability for crashes by hiring their drivers as “independent contractors.” Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It can be hard to know what to do after any semi-truck accident. To make matters worse, it is common for truck companies to deny liability for any collision. They will do everything that they can to blame the victim or to say that they were at least partially at fault. However, it is important for accident victims to understand that they do have rights. They do have the ability to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim if that is what they choose.
Investigating A Dupo Semi-Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Sinan Memic. It is our sincere hope that he is able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Truck drivers must always do their best to avoid hitting pedestrians no matter where they happen to be.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligent actions of a truck driver? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of pedestrian 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 need in order to recover. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.