A 59 year-old semi truck driver is currently awaiting charges in connection with a devastating semi truck accident that took the life of a construction worker. Cleveland.com reports that the commercial vehicle was traveling northbound along an interstate highway when the truck began drifting off the roadway. A construction crew was working alongside the interstate setting up a lane merging warning sign when the semi tractor-trailer struck a 40 year-old roadway worker. The accident victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Local authorities are currently awaiting the results of a toxicology test before officially citing the semi truck driver for the accident. Police additionally obtained the semi truck driver’s cell phone to investigate whether or not the driver was talking or texting at the time of the collision.
Unfortunately, there has been a substantial increase in tragic semi truck accidents such as the one previously mentioned. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that an estimated 150 people are killed each year due to large truck collisions in work zones. Given the immense size and weight of large commercial vehicles, the consequences of these accidents are almost always resulting in serious injury or even fatality. An additional study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration determined that in most trucking accidents, the truck driver is considerably less likely to be injured or killed in a crash. Only 14% of the individuals killed in semi truck accidents are truck drivers, while 74% are occupants of passenger vehicles and 12% are non-motorists — such as roadway workers.
While the news report does not confirm if the semi truck accident victim’s family wishes to seek civil legal action against the commercial vehicle driver, through our experience as Chicago semi truck accident attorneys, the family may have a cause of action for a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the victim died as a direct result of a negligent or unjust action. In this particular case, the commercial vehicle driver’s failure to properly handle his vehicle in order to avoid a collision was a direct cause of the victim’s fatality. Wrongful death lawsuits are noticeably different from personal injury claims on the basis that the victim’s family brings about the cause of action.
If you have been injured in an Illinois semi truck accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact our Chicago truck accident lawyers to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.