Driver of semi trailers have to be extra careful in operating their vehicles so as to avoid colliding with cars and trucks on Illinois roadways. One advantage they have is that because of the size of 18-wheelers, motorists can see these rigs coming and will give them a little more room. But there are some situations that motorists cannot prepare for – like, say, a wheel detaching from the semi.
Sadly, that’s what happened in DeKalb County last week, and the debris caused an auto accident. On the morning of Wednesday, August 14 around 8:30am, a 46-year old Rockford woman was driving east on Illinois Route 64 in Esmond a couple miles past Interstate 39. Near the intersection of Woodlawn Road, a large tire from a tractor-trailer heading west detached from the rig, bounced onto the roadway, and landed on the woman’s car, smashing the windshield and caving in the car’s roof. The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by emergency rescue crews and airlifted to an area hospital due to her injuries.
Should she choose to do so, the Rockford woman could file a personal injury lawsuit not only against the driver of the semi, but also the trucking company itself (since Illinois law states that all companies are responsible for the actions of their employees while on the job). This lawsuit could allow the woman to receive reimbursement for all of her medical expenses, including ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, treatments and procedures, medications, and physical therapy sessions. If the 46-year old misses any work due to the truck accident and doesn’t get paid for it, she could be compensated for that time as well. A jury could even award monetary damages for pain and suffering to the woman, especially if she develops a fear of large trucks and/or driving as a result of this incident.