Drivers of tractor-trailers have to be especially careful when traveling on the roadways in Illinois. That’s not only because their vehicles are substantially larger than everything else on the road, but also due to the fact that they are responsible for the cargo they are hauling. With this in mind, semi drivers usually do a good job of communicating with one another and helping each other out on the roads.
But apparently, that didn’t happen this week in Will County.
Early Wednesday morning around 3:45am, an 18-wheeler was on the ramp from Houboldt Road going to westbound I-80 just west of Joliet (about a mile south of Joliet Junior College). At the same time, another tractor-trailer was driving west on I-80, and the two big rigs collided. The driver of the semi on the entrance ramp, a man from Ohio, died in the trucking accident after his cab was destroyed in the crash. Two other people were injured. Illinois State Patrol said that it’s unclear as to why the two 18-wheelers collided or whose fault it was.
Generally speaking, vehicles on entrance ramps are supposed to yield the right-of-way to those that are already on an interstate or freeway. If the subsequent investigation discovers that the truck driver on the ramp failed to yield the right-of-way, then the Ohio man will be to blame for the trucking accident. But if the other driver is found to be responsible, he could be named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the Ohio man (if the victim was an independent driver; if he worked for a trucking company, his family would probably be covered under worker’s compensation insurance). It’s also possible that the two injured people could file personal injury lawsuits in hopes of being reimbursed for their medical expenses.