Trucking companies have strict rules to which they must adhere when it comes to securing the loads of cargo they carry through and around Illinois. If any of these regulations are disobeyed and a trucking accident results, the company who operates the truck could be exposed to criminal penalties as well as millions of dollars in liability.
Although the stakes aren’t as high for passenger vehicles, their drivers are still responsible for securing their cargo when driving around on Illinois roadways. Otherwise, they could be held accountable for accidents in which they aren’t even involved.
One such case was reported in Sangamon County on Friday night. Around 9pm, a sport utility vehicle carrying two women was traveling east on Interstate 72 heading toward Riverton. In front of them, a pickup truck carrying furniture dropped a piece of its load onto the roadway. The SUV swerved to miss the object, rolled over, and ended up in a nearby field. The 20-year old driver and the 33-year old passenger both had to be extricated by firefighters and transported to an area hospital. The 53-year old Dawson man driving the pickup truck was cited by police for spilling a load on the roadway.
But the pickup’s driver will likely be held primarily or fully responsible for the rollover crash. Should they choose to do so, the victims could each file personal injury lawsuits against the Dawson man because they probably would not have been involved in the auto accident had the furniture never spilled from the man’s pickup truck. The suits may allow them to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, treatment and medication, and even future physical therapy. A jury could also award the women monetary damages for pain and suffering as well as compensation for any time missed at work due to their injuries.