Troy Dowsett Killed In Fox Lake Car Accident
Pedestrian Accident - December 5, 2023
Troy Dowsett, 28, of Portsmouth, Virginia, Died Following Pickup Truck Accident By Route 59 and Grand Avenue —> GoFundMe Created To Support Victim’s Family
FOX LAKE, ILLINOIS (December 5, 2023) – A 28-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran identified as Troy Dowsett has tragically died in a Fox Lake car accident by Route 59 and Grand Avenue.
Lake County officials are saying that the incident took place early Sunday. A pickup truck hit Troy Dowsett under uncertain circumstances.
First responders were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was taken to the Cornell Medical Center in critical condition.
Sadly, Troy Dowsett was later pronounced dead due to the severity of his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. The victim was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a GoFundMe has been created to help support his family.
According to the GoFundMe page:
Liability For Fox Lake Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured in collisions each year. According to the National Safety Council, “in 2021 most pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in urban settings (84%), on the open road (77%) versus intersections (23%), and during dark conditions with or without artificial lighting (74%). The largest number of pedestrian deaths occur on Fridays (1,248), closely followed by Saturdays (1,220), and the majority of these deaths happen during dark conditions.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a pedestrian accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to take precautions in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-1002, the driver of any vehicle must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian that is crossing in a marked crosswalk. If a driver fails to reduce their speed in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of driver error. If a pickup truck driver was working at the time of a collision, it is also possible that their employer could face some degree of liability. The family of any person that died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating Fox Lake Pedestrian Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Troy Dowsett. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Fox Lake Pedestrian accident? Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.