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Fatal Trucking Accidents

Casey Woodruff

TruckWhen trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents, both the degree of the property damage sustained and the physical injury to the occupants of the vehicles is much greater.  The most common explanation for these accidents being the most serious is the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck.  However, limited visibility afforded to a truck driver often also plays a role.

Drivers must account for pedestrians on foot who are difficult to see. The consequences to pedestrians walking in the vicinity of operating trucks also appear to frequently have more serious, often fatal injuries. Obstructed sightlines, poorly designed terminals, and even driver fatigue can contribute to truck versus pedestrian accidents.  When these accidents occur, the loss can be tragic.

On Friday, February 13, 2015, a 22-year-old worker was crushed to death in Joliet.  The worker was operating a vehicle moving containers when it became stuck on ice.  When the worker exited the vehicle to determine how to get off the ice, another driver seeking to assist the victim (who he did not see) backed his truck into the vehicle pinning the worker between trailer and semi.  The victim who died on the job was only 22-years-old.

Our office is currently representing a driver who was crushed between two trucks at a terminal in Wheeling, IL. The driver sustained multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle and pelvis, and has been required to undergo multiple surgeries.

In 2010 we resolved a case for the estate of a pedestrian who was crushed by the rear wheels of a truck and killed at a construction site. He was onsite as a salesman and stepped in as a “flagger”.  The driver of the truck proceeded to turn left and the rear tires of his truck ran over the worker serving as the “flagger”.

According a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 283 pedestrians who were killed by large trucks in 2013. The risk of being injured in a truck versus pedestrian accident rises significantly when working in an environment surrounded by trucks. These environments must be safely designed and controlled as a result.  Being aware of your surroundings can also make the difference between life and death.

If you or a loved one were recently involved in a truck accident contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney at Woodruff Johnson & Evans. Call us at (866) 400-4450 to schedule an appointment.

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