Most of the time, Illinois drivers view construction zones as annoying or bothersome. They focus on having to reduce their speed, merge into fewer lanes, and deal with bottlenecks that tend to arise. But what many drivers often forget is that construction zones, especially those on well-trafficked roadways, can be dangerous.
This point was illustrated powerfully earlier this month on Interstate 55 in Will County. Around 6:45am on the morning of Wednesday, October 16, southbound rush hour traffic was proceeding along I-55 in Channahon. A few miles south of Interstate 80 near Bluff Road, an accident occurred in a construction zone that caused a chain reaction collision. When the dust cleared, a total of four cars and three tractor-trailers were involved in the pileup, and three people were rushed to nearby hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
It’s unclear precisely what or who caused the truck accident. But once an investigation is completed and the at-fault driver or drivers identified, the people who were injured could choose to file personal injury lawsuits against him, her, or them. These lawsuits would permit the victims to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and medications, and even follow-up physical therapy sessions. If the injuries were severe enough, the plaintiffs could also be awarded monetary damages for pain and suffering and lost wages from work absenteeism due to the truck accident.
If one of the semi drivers is found to be responsible for the crash, then his or her employer could be named in these lawsuits as well. That’s because Illinois law dictates that all companies are liable for the actions of their employees while on the job. Furthermore, if it is discovered that the construction itself contributed to the pileup, then the construction contractor and/or the municipality could also be held partially responsible for the injuries that took place.