Negligence can have a permanent impact on the lives of victims and their loved ones. When we do not follow the rules of safety, whether on the road or at work, what actions may not seem like a big deal could actually create a very hazardous situation putting others’ lives at risk. Safety precautions and rules exist for a reason – to keep people, premises, worksites, etc. accident-free. When these rules are not followed, a dangerous situation is unnecessarily created and can easily cause serious personal injuries or death.
According to a recent article by ABC 7 Chicago, a gravel truck toppled over onto a car, killing a pregnant woman inside. OSHA is investigating what caused the truck to fall on top of the car, which was parked in the woman’s driveway. The victim was in the process of moving her car from her driveway at the request of the truck driver when the gravel truck flipped onto her vehicle, killing her. OSHA is gathering evidence and is concerned whether safety protocols were followed.
Often, when we think of truck accidents, we think of the accidents occurring on roads or interstates caused by distracted driving, fatigued drivers, rear-end collisions, and rollovers. While it is true that many accidents do happen on roads as collisions between other trucks and motor vehicles, this article is an example that accidents can and do occur when vehicles are stationary as well. While a rarer occurrence – and even rarer when safety precautions are followed – an accident can occur when a construction vehicle is in the process of moving and carrying loads. A truck accident, whether stationary or on the road, can result in serious personal injuries, including permanent disabling injuries or broken bones, and death from the impact or being crushed.
When victims do survive these accidents, their lives can be permanently changed. They may suffer injuries so severe that they are burdened financially with medical expenses, and may require a lengthy rehabilitation time. Often, victims may never fully heal and may suffer from a disability for the rest of their lives. As a result, victims may no longer have the ability to work and suffer further from lost wages.
The news report notes that OSHA is in the process of determining whether safety protocols were properly followed in this accident. If protocols were not followed, this begs the question of whether this accident would not have occurred at all, and whether the pregnant mother would still be alive and with her family. That is why it is so important to follow safety rules and avoid negligent behavior. Even moments of negligence can mean the difference between life and death of innocent bystanders. Adhering to safety could mean that a family could keep a beloved member in their lives. These are the same reasons why our attorneys are passionate about representing clients who have suffered serious personal injuries or families who have lost their family member in a truck accident.