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Illinois Tollway Employee Killed in Truck Accident

Our attorneys sympathize with families who suffer from the loss of a loved one due to highway accidents. When these accidents occur, not only one life is changed by reaching its end too soon, but spouses may be separated by death, and children may lose their parent and role model. It is tragedies and suffering like these that our Chicago attorneys hope to prevent from happening to others when we take legal action on behalf of victims’ families.

According to an article from NBC Chicago, a crash on Interstate 88 along Eola Road in the Chicago suburb of Aurora seriously injured an Illinois State Police Trooper and killed an Illinois Tollway employee. The two victims were assisting a driver whose tractor trailer was disabled when they were struck by another oncoming tractor trailer. Flames engulfed all of the involved vehicles. According to a different article by the Daily Herald, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Police said that the truck driver who caused the crash is currently in custody.

Emergency responders should not have to be put in more danger than their job already entails, which is why Illinois has laws in place to protect these individuals. It is important to consider Scott’s Law in a crash like this. This law was passed to protect emergency responders while they are on duty. According to the Illinois State University Police, the law states that when a driver is approaching an emergency vehicle, such as a police car that is pulled over to the shoulder or an oncoming ambulance, drivers must yield and/or pull to the side of the road to let the vehicle through. A law such as this is meant to protect our emergency responders. When wrongdoers choose to violate the law, at least justice will be served since such a law exists.

First responders, like these two men, are consistently putting themselves in the faces of danger to help others in need. Our attorneys feel it is truly unfortunate that in their acts of selflessness they have been killed and critically injured. It is unjust that those who dedicate their work to helping others, and their families, must suffer in this way. Our firm believes in upholding Scott’s Law and advocating for our emergency responders and their families. If you, or a loved one, have been a victim of another driver violating Scott’s Law and putting our emergency responders in danger, you can call our Chicago accident firm for help. In a free consultation, we can discuss your case and decide what the best course of action is for you. We have over 20 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death, and would be happy to help you obtain the justice you deserve.