A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in connection with a trucking accident in which a Frankfurt woman was fatally injured, when she was believed to be looking at a flat tire on her car and was struck by a semi-truck. According to My Fox Chicago, on February 16th, the Illinois woman got out of her car on the shoulder of I-294 and was hit by the truck and pronounced dead on the scene. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the truck driver failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, did not stay in his lane and failed to sound the horn. These are all negligent actions on the part of a trucking driver and are all crucial rules to obey when driving a truck. Truck drivers must always remain alert and aware of what is going on on the road around them and keep an eye out for stopped cars and make sure to keep a safe distance from the cars as well as properly warn them if they are too close. In addition to these negligent actions on the part of the driver, the lawsuit alleges that the truck itself was in disrepair and had not been properly maintained. Proper maintenance of all trucks is necessary and negligence in truck upkeep is something that a driver or a trucking company may be held liable in the event of a trucking accident. To read more about this tragic Illinois trucking accident, please click on this link.
In the event that your car gets a flat tire or breaks down in some other way while on the highway or a busy street there are certain safety precautions that should be taken. The National Safety Council recommends that you should always ease your car towards the side of the road and if you are on a highway try to reach an exit if possible. Once you are off the road you want to make sure that your car is visible to other cars passing by, whether this is done by putting out reflective triangles behind your car, turn your flashers on and turn on the interior light in your car. If the reason you are pulled over is for a flat tire, make sure to only change the tire yourself if you can do so a safe distance from traffic. If the problem is unknown or something serious beyond what you can easily fix yourself, wait for professional help. Do not attempt to flag down a car, but rather call a tow truck company for help and then raise the hood to try to let a police officer or tow truck know where you are when they arrive to help.