The Salt Lake Tribune reported last week on the death of a local man killed following a semi crash shortly before sunrise.
The 47-year old man was riding his bike to work along a highway. Just as the bicyclist was going through an intersection a big rig semi turned directly into him. The truck driver claims that he did not see the bicyclist, but he did hear something contact his truck. After the impact the bike rider became wedged underneath the truck. The semi drove with the man underneath for nearly 130 feet before coming to a stop.
The victim suffered severe pelvic wounds, and he was rushed to a local hospital by emergency crews. Unfortunately, he died at the hospital later that day. He leaves behind eight children, ranging in age from 25 to 9, as well as two grandchildren.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the complex driving issues involved in accidents with semi-trailers. The driver of the vehicle sits at a higher position and his view in a variety of angles is often blocked. For that reason, we encourage all drivers to remain particularly careful when driving or biking near these trucks. That risk is compounded when visibility is poor, like in the predawn hours.
As was the case in this accident, the individual hurt or killed in truck accident represents only one of many people whose lives are damaged by the crash. There are now 8 children, a wife, and two grandchildren grieving the loss-as well as countless extended family and friends. The cost of these accidents is truly too high to calculate.