The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday on the death of two bicyclists following a deadly truck accident on Tuesday. According to authorities the two bikers were walking their bicycles in Dixon, Illinois around 4pm in Dixon, a small community in north-central Illinois.
While walking along Rock Island Road near Atkinson Road, the two victims were struck by a passing fertilizer truck. Authorities are still attempting to piece together the situation to understand how the truck ran into the two walking bicyclists. Medical personnel arriving at the crash site pronounced both victims dead upon arrival at the scene. The truck driver was not hurt in the accident.
The truck crash is a reminder of a common roadway problem-drivers taking more risks in areas typically known to be less populated. Of course many accidents occur on our busy streets and highways because the increased traffic heightens the chance of collision. However, because of that, many drivers feel that there is little to no risk of accident while traveling along less busy, seemingly empty roadways. When that happens, many drivers take their guard down, leading to careless accidents that should never occur.
For example, when a truck driver gets the impression that he is on an empty, open stretch of road without any other cars or individuals in sight, he may have the tendency to take less care to avoid traveling near the road’s shoulder. Of course, that lackadaisical attitude need only take hold for a brief second before a fatal accident occurs-like the one here.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys send sincere condolences to the family of these truck crash victims. We will continue to work every day to ensure that the companies and individuals that allow these trucks crashes to occur are held responsible for their conduct. Please contact proper legal experts to assist if you are someone you know has suffered in one of these accidents.
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