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Garbage Truck Kills Pedestrian in Chicago

Police have recently identified a man who was killed after being struck by a garbage truck last week, according to Chicagotribune.com. The pedestrian, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, was struck at approximately 8:30am in the Pilsen neighborhood near the west side of Chicago. An officer reported that the pedestrian suffered multiple blunt traumas and was pronounced dead by medical examiners at 9am at a hospital in Cook County.

Though the accident was not declared to be a hit and run, the driver of the garbage truck was issued citations for the collision. The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is continuing to investigate.

In many previous blogs, our attorneys have discussed the general dangers of large motor vehicles such as semi trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses. However, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), garbage trucks have the highest pedestrian killing rate on city roads. These vehicles’ large size, limited visibility, and proximity to sidewalks combine to create a pedestrian death rate that is nearly twice as high as what IDOT says is their next closest competitor, the bus.

Specifically, garbage trucks kill nearly 24 pedestrians per 100 million miles driven. This number is quite large as compared to buses, which kill 14 people per 100 million miles driven, automobiles, which kill 8, and taxis, which kill 6.

Because garbage trucks seem to be a normal part of daily life for most, it is easy to dismiss them as dangerous, many people often failing to be cautious while driving or walking near them. The truth is that these trucks have the capability to cause serious injury or fatality to anyone who comes too close. It is highly encouraged to give these trucks the space that they need on the roadway, while at the same time remaining aware of your surroundings and also attempting to make yourself as visible as possible to the driver of the truck. Doing so will decrease your risk of being in an accident and ultimately prevent serious injury.

While many accidents are caused due to the general difficulty of operating and maneuvering such large vehicles, others are caused by driver negligence, whether that consists of distracted driving, driving while fatigued, or failing to follow the rules of the road. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident by a negligent motorist, seeking qualified legal representation is advised.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers are willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse may be available to you and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact our lawyers at Levin & Perconti for more information.