One of the scariest situations that can happen to drivers on the roadways in Illinois is to be rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Since passenger cars can stop more quickly than big rigs can, this scenario can occur on sidestreets or on freeways when traffic slows suddenly.
We told you about an injury crash on I-80 when an 18-wheeler rear-ended a disabled pickup truck that was just sitting on the side of the road. Now, there’s another trucking accident where a car was rear-ended – but this time, it was deadly.
On Thursday morning around 5:45am, a 2005 Nissan was traveling southbound on the Tri-State Tollway in Elmhurst on the western edge of Cook County. A tractor-trailer carrying paper slammed into the back of the car near Lake Street, sending the Nissan onto the bridge deck and leaving it dangling over Lake Street. The driver was rushed to a nearby hospital; but two passengers, a 56-year old and a 72-year old, were killed in the trucking accident.
Police indicated that a chain-reaction crash resulted from the initial incident, but it’s not known precisely why the 18-wheeler rear-ended the Nissan. But it appears that the truck driver is either primarily or completely at fault.
That means that the truck driver and his or her company could be named as defendants in civil suits stemming from the collision, since employers in Illinois are held accountable for the actions of their employees. The Nissan driver could file a personal injury lawsuit to collect reimbursement for medical costs, monetary damages for mental anguish and pain and suffering, and compensation for unearned wages due to lost time at work. The surviving family members of the two passengers could file wrongful death lawsuits in the hopes of receiving reimbursement for burial costs, future unearned wages the victims might have earned in their lifetimes, and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.