Chicago, IL- A truck driver was killed last week while he has taking pictures of the damage done to a van he had collided into just minutes before he was ran over.
The accident occurred last Thursday on Division Street in the Noble Square neighborhood.
Police said a truck driver who was hauling a dump truck was involved in a minor collision with a van around 6:25 a.m. Thursday morning. The driver got out of his truck to take photos of the damage and was standing beside his vehicle when another truck turning off the Kennedy Expressway ran over him. Police told WGN-TV that the deceased truck driver stepped too far into the road.
The truck driver was pinned under the rear wheels of another truck hauling waste. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman who was driving the van witnessed the horrific accident, and although she was not injured, she was so traumatized by what she saw she was taken to the hospital for evaluation, CBS News reported.
The second truck driver was not injured.
The accident is still under investigation, but police said it appears to be just an unfortunate accident.
In the aftermath of a truck accident, the victim’s surviving family members may decide to seek compensation for their loss. Even when a driver is not cited by police, that driver can be held responsible for any accidental death or injuries they unintentionally cause. While it appears that the second truck driver was not negligent for this particular accident, there are many occasion where a driver’s carelessness is the direct cause of an injurious or deadly accident.
When a person has been injured or lost a loved as the result of a truck accident, the need to hire an Illinois truck accident attorney to assist them with their injury claim. Injury claims involving trucks are not as straightforward as car accidents and require that a thorough investigation is conducted.
In many truck accidents, the driver is not the only party that must take responsibility for a victim’s injuries or death. If an investigation reveals that a truck was improperly maintained or not repaired when necessary, a trucking company may also be responsible for compensating the victims. Only a truck accident attorney will be able to tell who must take responsibility for a truck accident.
An Illinois truck accident lawyer will work closely with an accident victim to assure they receive every cent of compensation they deserve. Personal injury attorneys regularly work with victims who have suffered a range of injuries and know the long-term consequences of those injuries. They can anticipate the present and future costs of their client’s injuries and will aggressively protect their rights.
Before agreeing to any settlement, an accident victim should speak with a truck accident lawyer first. Having legal representation lets an insurer and trucking company know that the victim is serious about their injury claim and won’t settle for less than they need.