So-called “box trucks” are common sights on Illinois roadways. They’re used to transport furniture, refrigerated foods, and many other types of goods across the state and around the country. But because of their size, box trucks are not as maneuverable as passenger cars are, and they also require a greater distance to come to a complete stop. These drawbacks can sometimes cause box truck accidents.
Such was the case this week on Interstate 90 in Lake County. On Tuesday morning, a box truck was driving in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights along the eastbound side of I-90 (which is also known as the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway at that location). Near the Arlington Heights Road exit, the box truck changed lanes and struck a car driven by a 60-year old Long Grove man. His car struck another vehicle, and the chain reaction accident eventually involved two other vehicles. The Long Grove man was rushed to a hospital in Elk Grove, but was pronounced dead when he got there. Two other people suffered injuries in the wreck.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the chain reaction collision, but the driver of the box truck was cited by police for failure to reduce speed and improper lane usage. From the information given, it appears that the box truck driver will be primarily to blame for the crash as well as the death of the Long Grove man and the injuries to the two other motorists.
The two injury victims may choose to file personal injury lawsuits against the box truck driver. Those suits could allow them to collect reimbursement for medical costs as well as related damages. However, the family members of the Long Grove man have solid grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the box truck. A jury could award lost future wages and damages for pain and suffering and loss of care and companionship in addition to reimbursement for burial and hospital expenses.