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Construction zone semi-truck accident leaves one dead

Posted on in Truck Accidents

Driving at night poses many more dangers on the road. Other cars, traffic lines and obstacles in the road can be tricky to see. Drivers get tired at night too, which is also dangerous.

Nighttime is when many road workers go into action. Construction zones that are fairly quiet during the day may become quite busy at night, resulting in slower traffic through the area or detours if necessary. This slowing of traffic, combined with the darkness, can be a recipe for disaster. A recent accident in Channahon, Illinois demonstrates just how disastrous.

According to local authorities, a man was killed during the very early morning hours when he slammed into a semi tractor-trailer. Apparently, the semi-truck slowed down in front of a construction zone on Interstate 55. For some reason, the 23-year-old driver of a pick-up truck didn&t notice the slowing traffic and crashed into the semi. The crash killed the driver of the pick-up truck. The tragic accident luckily left no one else injured.

The Illinois Department of Transportation set up the construction area and slow zone around the road work because they are currently removing an overpass on the road.

In trucking accidents like this one, it is important to investigate the crash to pinpoint the cause exactly. Because someone died, the family may be interested in pursuing a wrongful death claim against a negligent party. Depending on the circumstances of a fatal crash, the negligent party may be the truck driver or the trucking company itself. Semi-trucks, by virtue of their size and weight alone are formidable opponents. Those involved in setting up the construction or slow zones may also be at fault but either way, the first step in pursuing a legal claim would be to speak with a Chicago truck accident attorney.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Indiana man killed on I-55 in crash with semi," Deanese Williams-Harris, June 11, 2013

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