A fatal hit-and-run truck accident in Chicago has left a 65-year-old man dead, reports Chicago Breaking News.
According to police, around 5:50 p.m. on Monday, January 17 the man was found with a heavily damaged bicycle on the side of Pershing Road, in the Wentworth Gardens neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. A preliminary investigation indicates the man was hit by a semi-tractor tanker truck with a red extended cab. The truck was seen traveling at a high rate of speed on Pershing Road around the time the man was hit. The man died from multiple, severe injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle, autopsy results show.
Police have stated they want to question the driver of the tanker truck, and are asking anyone with information to call the Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.
While it has been reported that witnesses saw the semi-tractor tanker truck speeding, not much else is known about what caused this Chicago truck crash. An investigation could conclude that the truck driver was driving distracted, perhaps by using a cell phone, and was not aware of his or her speed or that a pedestrian was struck. It is also possible the truck driver was driving while fatigued, which is a common occurrence in the trucking industry.
There are rules in place to limit the hours truck drivers are allowed to drive; however, many businesses and truck operators overlook these regulations and drive long shifts to attempt to make deliveries ahead of schedule, or more deliveries than possible under normal hours. Oftentimes this pressure causes many truck drivers to develop a dependency on over-the-counter or prescription drugs in order to keep them awake, which is very unsafe and risky behavior. An investigation could also determine that the truck driver was simply operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner by driving recklessly and excessively speeding.
When a motorist’s negligence causes an unnecessary fatality, they can be held legally responsible for the accident, death, and any related expenses by the victim’s family if a wrongful death claim is filed. While it is understood that no amount of compensation can possibly replace a lost loved one, coverage could be obtained to help ease the financial strain of a death to help with medical costs, funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and more. To learn how the Chicago wrongful death attorneys at The Bradley Law Firm can help your family during this difficult time, please call 800-360-5072 today.