Truck Passenger Killed In Anna Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 57
Wrongful Death - August 31, 2022
One Person Died In Anna Semi-Truck Accident Along Interstate 57 by Milepost 32
ANNA, ILLINOIS (August 30, 2022) – A man from Minnesota was killed in an Anna semi-truck accident with a disabled truck along Interstate 57 by Milepost 32.
Union County police officials are saying that the collision took place on Wednesday. A disabled international semi-truck was stopped partially in the right lane of traffic when it was hit from behind by a Freightliner truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of those that sustained injuries. Sadly, a passenger in the Freightliner died due to the severity of their injuries.
Their name has not been released at this time because their next of kin has not been notified. The victim was only identified as a 36-year-old man from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Anna Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks are essential for the economy, but they can be particularly dangerous. According to the FMCSA, “Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions.” There are a number of steps that truck drivers can take to prevent collisions.
- All truck drivers should be well rested before the start of their shift.
- Trucks should be well maintained and periodically inspected.
- Trucks should pull over to the side of the road and engage their hazard lights in the event of an emergency.
Depending on the facts of any case, a truck driver could be liable for an accident if they failed to pull all of the way over to the shoulder of the road for an emergency. A truck driver should activate their hazards and may need to put out flares or reflective triangles to warn other drivers about their presence. Warning devices must be placed within ten minutes of an accident under certain conditions. If a truck driver fails to take the necessary steps after their rig becomes disabled, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
The company that a truck driver worked for could potentially face liability for a semi-truck 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. However, many truck companies will try to avoid liability for crashes by hiring drivers as “independent contractors.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any semi-truck accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- The event data recorder of all trucks involved should be examined.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
Being involved in a truck accident can be overwhelming. But it is important to remember how important evidence is after any crash. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability for a collision. Truck companies will often do everything in their power to avoid responsibility for any crash involving their driver.
Investigating An Illinois Semi-Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this truck accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into how this collision took place and why one of the trucks was sticking out in lanes of traffic.
Do you need more information about an Anna semi-truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.