As our readers know, truck accidents do not only occur on Illinois highways and roads, but can happen in other locations where trucks and other large machinery are frequently present, such as farms, warehouses or building sites. Given the fact that work sites are usually busy with many different people performing various tasks independent of each other, it is not surprising that accidents at construction sites involving large trucks and machinery occur.
In an accident reported by the Madison Record an Illinois attorney filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a construction worker who lost part of his leg in an accident involving a dump truck. In his complaint, he explains that he was doing asphalt density tests when a driver operating a dump truck full of asphalt drove over him. The plaintiff’s attorney alleges that the truck driver negligently failed to maintain a lookout, did not keep the dump truck under control, did not use a reverse alarm while backing up in a construction zone, and backed up without first ensuring that no one was behind him (which is a failure to use the safety program). The truck driver’s parent companies are also named in this suit because they allegedly allowed the truck driver to use a dump truck in a construction zone that did not have a reverse alarm in it, and allowed the employee to drive the truck too fast for a construction zone.
As a result of this accident, the plaintiff required a below the knee amputation and suffered other injuries including damage to his left shoulder and thickness burns to his arms, leg, and back. In addition to his pain and suffering and disability, he suffered great medical costs and lost wages. Because of his physical state, he now has a greatly decreased capacity to earn income and has lost employment due to that fact.
As our attorneys have stressed many times, it is important that truck drivers and their companies employ safety practices and have policies in place to ensure that people are free from dangers. Where they fail to do so and others are injured as a result of a truck accident, all negligent parties may be held liable for a victim’s significant and life-changing permanent injuries (such as those in this accident), or death. There are time limitations for filing accident lawsuits in Illinois, so victims should seek legal counsel soon after the accident to protect their rights.