Woman Killed In Niles Box Truck Accident By Milwaukee Avenue and Maryland Street
Truck Accident - March 12, 2023
50-Year-Old Woman Died In Niles Box Truck Accident At the Intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Maryland Street
NILES, ILLINOIS (March 11, 2023) – A 50-year-old female pedestrian was killed in a Niles box truck accident by the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Maryland Street.
Cook County officials are saying that the collision took place around 8:25 a.m. on Thursday. A 50-year-old woman was crossing the street when she was hit by a 2017 GMC box truck making a left turn.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the woman. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died due to her injuries.
A full investigation into the deadly Niles collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Niles Box Truck Accidents
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. According to the Centers For Disease Control, “More than 7,000 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s roads in crashes involving a motor vehicle in 2020. That’s about one death every 75 minutes.” The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. There are several steps that cities can take to prevent pedestrian accidents.
- Cities should study which roadways and intersections have the highest number of pedestrian collisions.
- Cities can install traffic calming measures to reduce instances of speeding.
- Cities can heavily enforce traffic violations likely to lead to pedestrian accidents.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. 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. When a driver fails to reduce their speed and hits a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous additional sources of liability.
If a box truck driver was working, their employer could be held at fault. The company that rented a box truck could also be held at fault. Rental companies can be held liable for car accidents through the doctrine of negligent entrustment. For example, a truck rental company could have lent their vehicle to someone without a proper license. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
It can be difficult to know where to begin after any car accident. But it is important for accident victims to be aware of their rights. The family of any person that is killed due to the negligent actions of another driver may be able to seek accountability through a civil claim. Sadly, though, drivers will often fight hard to deny responsibility for any collision.
Investigating A Cook County Box 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 the police. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Niles box truck accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates can 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, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.