Many times after reviewing the consequences of a truck accident, the first thing that comes to mind is, “What a scary and tragic event.” But this week, there was an incident which probably left people saying, “Wow – that could have been a whole lot worse!”
That’s because the incident involved a tractor-trailer crashing into a building on the Southwest Side of Chicago. On Friday morning about 5:30am, the 18-wheeler slammed into what is reportedly Cha Cha’s nightclub, which sits at the corner of Pershing Road and South Western Avenue in the shadows of the elevated train tracks.
It’s not clear what caused the big rig to collide with the building, but one person was hurt and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Fortunately, that individual’s injuries were not life-threatening. But it’s quite easy to imagine the carnage that could have been seen had the incident occurred late in the evening – or even just a few hours earlier. Had the club been packed with patrons and surrounded by passersby, the injury (and death) toll could have been much higher.
Nevertheless, it appears that the truck driver will be held responsible for the truck accident. So if the injured victim chooses to do so, the person can file a personal injury lawsuit. The driver could be named as a defendant, as can his or her employer (because Illinois law states that trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their drivers). Such legal action could allow the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, medications, and future physical therapy. If the victim had to miss work and had his or her wages docked accordingly, the person could receive compensation for that loss of salary. A jury could even award damages relating to mental anguish depending on the circumstances.