It seems that a truck accident involving injuries occurs almost every week in Illinois. Unfortunately, the most devastating accidents often take the life of the victims in the collision or result in very serious injury. This was the case earlier this week when aa young person died in an accident with a tractor trailer.
The Morris Daily Herald, reported that the 19-year-old man died when he swerved off of I-55 in the Channahon Township after his vehicle was cut off by a semitrailer, according to the Illinois State Police. He was driving in his pickup truck in the left lane when the semi switched lanes and cut him off. The victim then swerved to avoid hitting the semi and his vehicle rolled over several times in the median ditch and then came to a rest in the southbound lanes near the Route 6 interchange. In the process of the rollover, the victim was ejected from his vehicle. The driver of the semi continued on his way and did not stop during this incident. He has still not been identified. Unfortunately, the victim was also not wearing his seatbelt.
Although a semi-truck driver’s reckless actions and failure to be vigilant for others on the road resulted in the victim needed to make an emergency swerve to avoid collision, it is also important to discuss how seat belts can protect us during these emergency situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are a leading cause of death for those aged 1 – 54 in the United States. More than 2.2 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms from motor vehicle accidents in 2012 alone. Seat belt use is the most effective way to prevent death and reduce injury in a crash, and actually reduces serious injuries and deaths by half, but millions of people do not wear their seat belts. Teens and young adults wear their seat belts much less often than others. Of the crash victims aged 13 – 20 in 2012, 55% of them were not wearing seat belts. Those ages 13 – 34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those 35 and older too. Furthermore, those in rural areas, such as Channahon, are less 10% less likely to wear seat belts than those in urban and suburban areas.
The article also mentioned how the family of the victim is currently trying to raise money for a funeral through a gofundme page. Oftentimes when a sudden and unexpected death occurs, families are not only devastated at the loss, but are completely unprepared financially. Unlike when we have an elderly or ill member of the family, loved ones may be aware that life is near its end and may start saving money for a special remembrance ceremony or funeral among loved ones and friends. However, when an unexpected death like this occurs due to the negligence of another driver, there is no way that family members would have thought that a young 19 year-old’s life was near its end. Another person’s recklessness should not only not leave families without the life of their loved one, but it should also not leave families financially strapped and hurt from funeral expenses. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, families can recover compensation for costs they would not have incurred but for the negligence of the wrongdoer, such as medical costs, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses.
Our Illinois accident lawyers represent those injured in truck accidents that result from distracted, intoxicated, or sleep-deprived truck drivers and in collisions such as hit-and-runs, rear-end collisions, and rollovers. We empathize with families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, and we make it our goal through legal action to make highways and roads safer for everyone. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your situation with you.