Car trouble can hinder a person’s travels at any time, and it is often unexpected. Though many drivers may see such trouble as an inconvenience, a stalled car can also create a dangerous situation. Passing cars and trucks could potentially get too close to the vehicle, and a collision could occur. If a semi-truck crashes into a disabled car, that truck accident could have harrowing results.
It was recently reported that an accident in Illinois occurred between a stopped vehicle and a semi-truck. The car presumably had some sort of trouble as it was described as disabled. The semi-truck crashed into the car as the truck was traveling north on the interstate. It is unclear whether the car was in the roadway or off to the side.
Unfortunately, the situation led to the driver of the car suffering fatal injuries. That driver was 47 years old, and he was declared dead over an hour after the accident occurred. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured, and he was transported from the scene. He is expected to recover from those injuries. It was not stated whether any charges will be filed in relation to the event.
When lives are lost on the roadway, it is always a saddening situation. The results of this truck accident are unfortunately not uncommon, but the family members left behind may face certain situations for the first time. It may interest surviving loved ones to know that they could potentially file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. This type of claim could help them pursue compensation for their loss and other damages permitted under Illinois law.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Truck hits disabled vehicle on I-55, killing 1“, Tony Briscoe, April 8, 2015