On May 13 shortly after 6:00 a.m., a 65-year-old Chicago resident was killed when his SUV was rear-ended by a semitrailer truck. The man was driving westbound on Interstate 90 near River Road in the center lane when his vehicle slowed, due to the decrease in speed of a town car traveling ahead of him. The truck then hit the SUV from behind, pushing the vehicle into the town car.
The town car was pushed to the left, where it struck a concrete barrier on the side of the road. The driver and passenger in that car were taken to Resurrection Hospital in Chicago for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Both were later released. The driver of the SUV was not so lucky. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The Kennedy Expressway was closed for much of the morning while emergency responders investigated the scene of the fatal truck accident.
The driver of the semi-truck, an unidentified Indiana man, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. The police have not ruled out the possibility that there may be additional charges when the investigation is completed. The driver’s speed at the time of the crash was not released. Police did not release the cause of the accident.
The law requires that a driver operate a motor vehicle in a manner that does not endanger the safety of other people on the road. When a person fails to follow traffic laws, that failure may be used to as evidence of negligence. A driver who is negligent may be liable to accident victims for lost wages, property damage, medical bills and pain and suffering. When a person is killed in an accident, the victim’s heirs may be able to recover for the person’s lost earning potential and funeral costs. A person who loses a spouse or dependent child due to the negligence of another may also be able to recover for the loss of that person’s companionship. While money cannot fill the void left by the loss of a loved one, a personal injury attorney may be able to help obtain a settlement that will give victims a sense of closure. An attorney may be able to talk to witnesses, obtain evidence, negotiate with insurance companies and help collect a judgment.
Source: Daily Herald, “Chicago man dies in crash that shuts down outbound Kennedy,” Lee Filas and Jessica Cilella, May 13, 2013