Most of the time when personal injury lawyers talk about truck accidents, the truck driver seems at fault. However, there are times when the other driver, or perhaps an unknown event, may have caused the accident. A recent collision involving a pickup truck and a box truck near Chicago shines a harsh light on truck accidents in which the driver seems to bear no fault.
According to reports, the pickup truck was traveling south on Route 59 while the box truck was headed north. For reasons yet unknown, the pickup crossed over into the opposite lanes and collided head-on with the box truck. A 17-year-old female passenger in the pickup died a short while later. The driver of the pickup and another passenger suffered injuries and were taken to two different hospitals for treatment. The driver of the box truck suffered serious injuries and was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
The truck accident occurred around 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and police officials do not think that alcohol played a role in the crash. They are continuing to investigate the incident in hopes of determining what caused the pickup truck to leave its lane.
While the true cause of car or truck accidents like this one can be difficult to identify, it is important to try to uncover the reason. It could be driver error on the part of the pickup operator or it could be that a defective auto part was the culprit. In either case, all victims need closure. In many cases, pursuing a remedy through the legal system is a way to achieve this goal and many others.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Northwest Side girl dies in Bartlett crash," Grace Wong, April 08, 2017