Chicago Truck Accident Kills Driver on I-80/94

The Southtown Star reported yesterday on a deadly Chicago truck accident that took the like of a trucker on an area highway.

The deadly accident struck on the northwest Indiana portion of the Borman Expressway. According to reports, the crash occurred around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. A 60-year old truck driver was standing outside of his semi-trailer on the expressway, a portion of eastbound Interstate 80 and 94. It is unclear why the trucker was pulled onto the shoulder, but the crash occurred just as the man was beginning to get back behind the wheel of his big rig.

A 50 year old Chicago man was in a pick-up truck traveling on the same highway when his began to drift from the right lane and onto the shoulder where the semi-truck was stopped. Just as the truck driver was on the side of the rig and stepping into the driver’s side door, the pick-up’s passenger mirror hit the side of the semi. The mirror then hit the trucker who was thrown onto the top of the pick-up before rolling onto the highway.

Emergency crews rushed to the site following the accident, but nothing could be done. The truck driver died shortly after at a nearby hospital. The pick-up driver was eventually cited by local authorities for improper lane usage.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the deadly consequences often felt when any vehicle disobeys clear traffic requirements of staying within a lane and off the shoulder. The risks of driving are high enough, even when drivers maintain appropriate care. However, when basic standards are forgotten, the risk of injury increases exponentially. It is therefore imperative to hold all extremely negligent car and truck drivers accountable for their errors. It is only then that we can work to ensure future victims are spared.

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