A spontaneous sequence of events on Thursday left a local highway department truck smashed into the dining room of a nearby home, authorities repairing the damage, and police examiners investigating what exactly caused the accident to occur. Our law firm learned that around noon last Thursday, the 53-year old employee of the International Homer Township Highway Department was driving south on Will-Cook road in Will County when his truck suddenly veered off the pavement, traveled through numerous families’ back yards and struck a number of bushes and trees, and came to rest in a home’s dining room at the southwest corner of the 14000 block of Whirlaway Court in Homer Glen.
Nbcchicago.com states that after talking with the driver, police learned he may have suffered a medical emergency before his truck veered off the roadway. According to a Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman, the driver reported that he does not remember what happened, but believes he blacked out before he lost control of the vehicle while driving. A woman who lives in the home where the accident took place told reporters, “It sounds like he was completely unconscious when he hit the house. The wheels were still turning.”
A relative who was inside of the home at the time of the accident was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet for precautionary measures, police said. The driver of the truck was conscious at the scene when police arrived and was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital. A tow truck removed the vehicle from the home and a board-up company later repaired all of the damage the home sustained in the accident.
Although it is not confirmed whether or not the home owners planned on seeking legal action, in many similar accidents, individuals are often unsure of who is to blame for the accident, as accidents caused by unexpected medical conditions while driving have the potential of becoming very complex as far as where legal liability truly falls. Determining who is liable for the accident depends on numerous factors, such as the driver’s history of medical conditions, whether the driver’s medical condition was fatal or non-fatal, who was injured in the accident, and whether the accident itself was the cause of illness to the driver. If you are somehow involved in a motor-vehicle accident associated with “sudden illness” such as a heart attack, stroke, seizures, or blackouts, medical evidence will be crucial in determining liability.
Our attorneys want to emphasize that if you are overcome by illness while driving and are in an accident, it is crucial to inform emergency services of your condition as soon as possible. There is a good chance that you will not be prosecuted for causing an accident, as you most likely had no control over the car at that stage. Contact your insurance company who will explain your rights as the driver who suffered the sudden illness. Even if you are in the car with a driver who suffers from a medical condition, you may have the ability to claim.
While road traffic accidents most commonly occur due to negligent motorists, distracted driving, or some form of driver error, other accidents may be caused by sudden illness of the driver. In the above case, the driver suffered a sudden black out and was unable to drive his vehicle appropriately to avoid an accident. In addition to contacting your insurance company after a similar accident occurs, it is also important to seek out competent legal representation if needed.
Every year, our Chicago truck accident lawyers provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. In the case of an accident caused by sudden illness to the driver, we can help you determine where liability falls, in addition to helping accident victims compensate for personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of the accident. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, contact our attorneys at Levin & Perconti to learn about what rights may be available to you.