Though winter is over, dangerous auto accidents continue to occur on Chicago’s roads and highways.
Officials report that an auto accident on Wednesday afternoon involving a semi-trailer traveling north on I-55 struck a car that was disabled.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. and it is not clear why the truck did not see the car on the side of the highway.
The driver of the disabled vehicle, was identified as Eric Sharpe, a resident of Joliet, Illinois. He was pronounced dead at the scene according to the Will County Coroner’s officer.
The driver of the semi-truck was injured but his injuries were not life threatening. At this time, the driver has not been charged with a crime.
Negligent Truck Drivers
Sometimes accidents can be avoided, many other times, negligent truck drivers simply fail to uphold their responsibility to drive in a safe manner.
The statistics about the number of truck drivers who drive in an unsafe manner are quite shocking. Every year, truck accidents kill more than 5,000 people. Additionally, more than 100,000 people are injured. Twenty-five percent of all multiple-vehicle car wrecks involve a large truck.
There are many safety regulations that govern the behavior of truck drivers. Nonetheless, numerous truckers continue to drive exhausted or distracted. Unfortunately, when negligent drivers fail to drive in a safe manner, tragic accidents can occur and entire families can be destroyed.
We send our deepest condolences to the Sharpe family and all of their friends.
Wrongful Death Attorneys
Experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers can assist injured families fight for the justice that they deserve.
Wrongful death cases, and especially those that involve large trucks, require extensive legal experience to go up against the trucking company’s insurance.
We are one of the biggest injury law firms in Chicago and our attorneys are skilled litigators who are passionate about helping families right the wrongs that have been committed against them.
If you have lost a loved one to a truck accident, contact our law firm for a free case review.