Woman Killed In Minooka Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 80
Truck Accident - April 29, 2023
Florida Woman Died In Minooka Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Along Interstate 80 By Wabena Avenue
MINOOKA, ILLINOIS (April 29, 2023) – A woman from Florida has tragically died in a Minooka semi-truck accident along Interstate 80 by Wabena Avenue.
Will County officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. A semi-truck was heading down the road on Interstate 80.
The semi-truck left the roadway and hit a guardrail before going through a ditch and into an embankment. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
A passenger in the semi-truck was taken to the St. Joseph Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Minooka Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks account for a relatively small number of the vehicles on the roadway. But they are involved in a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2021, 5,700 large trucks were involved in a fatal crash, an 18% increase from 2020 and a 49% increase in the last 10 years. The involvement rate per 100 million large-truck miles traveled is up 7% from 2020, and up 22% in the last 10 years.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a truck accident:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
- Vehicle system failures
All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver failed to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are many steps that should be taken after any semi-truck accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Maintenance records for any truck involved should be reviewed.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that manufactured a semi-truck or its component parts could be liable for an accident. Companies have a legal responsibility to create vehicles that are reasonably safe. The family of any person that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. It is extremely important that all evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
Investigating An Illinois Semi-Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman that died in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Do you need more information about a Minooka semi-truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here for you. We care deeply that steps are taken to reduce accidents and make our roads safer. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.