Overturned Tractor-trailerCook County, IL- A truck driver has been cited after he fatally struck a woman and her two children as they crossed a street in Chicago.

Last Friday, Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, was attempting to cross South Ashland Street with her 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Peralta and her 4-year-old son Dylan Peralta when they were struck, according to CBS Chicago.

Police say 23 year-old Zachary Barngrover, from Iowa was traveling on 43rd Street when he made a left on South Ashland and struck the three pedestrians. Barngrover had the green light and it appears as though he didn’t see the trio in the roadway.

One witness told CBS Chicago that Peralta-Luna was dragged down the road and one of the children was pinned under a wheel.

Barngrover, unaware of the collision, continued to drive and was flagged down by a few witnesses.

Police cited Barngrover for failure to yield to a pedestrian and making an improper left turn.

Urban areas can present many dangers for pedestrians, especially where there is heavy tractor-trailer traffic. Tractor-trailers have a high profile and low visibility at the street level which can lead to accidents like these.

No one intends to hurt anyone, but each year thousands of people are killed in traffic accidents. Even when a person has no intention of causing harm, they are not excused from liability when they cause a fatal or injurious accident. When negligence or the reckless actions of a driver causes an accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation from any at-fault truck driver or trucking company.

Because of the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, surviving accident victims can suffer costly and catastrophic injuries. It is easy for a truck accident victim to rack up thousands of dollars in medical bills and/or funeral expenses. Since most truck accident victims are unable to work in the aftermath of a collision, a victim can lose valuable wages and soon they are buried in mountain of debt because of another person’s carelessness.

The biggest hurdle facing truck accident victims is proving which parties are to blame for their accident. With many truck accidents, more than one party can be at fault. If an accident is due to a mechanical failure, a trucking company may be partly responsible for an accident. Our truck accident attorneys serving Illinois are aware of this challenge and have helped numerous clients secure generous settlements for their injuries or loss of a loved one.

If you have been injured on an accident, you should speak with one of our Cook County truck accident attorneys. They will use their knowledge and expertise to ensure you receive a settlement that reflects the nature of their injuries and the suffering you have been forced to endure at the hands of a negligent driver or trucking company. You don’t have to stand alone during this time, set up a consultation today to discuss you case and see if you have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit. You can also visit rossdownslaw.com for more information and answers to your legal questions.