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Shorewood, Ill. – A 36-year-old Gardner man died Friday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident. The crash occurred shortly before noon near mile marker 244 on I-55 in Will County.

According to local authorities, the deceased driver was traveling behind the semi when his vehicle struck the semi’s rear and rolled under the trailer.

The victim passed at the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information was currently available.

Commentary on the Truck Accident in Shorewood

I am deeply saddened to learn of another fatal truck accident. The deceased’s family is undoubtedly seeking answers in the wake of his tragic crash. I extend my deepest condolences as they navigate this difficult time.

From the reports, the deceased allegedly crashed into the back of the semi. Many folks think fault in a rear-end collision always rests on the rear-ending driver. This is not true. A thorough investigation will need to be conducted before responsibility can be appropriately determined.

When investigating this case, it is essential to look at the semi-driver’s actions leading to this accident. The preliminary investigation suggests the deceased struck the semi. A more thorough investigation may show the semi cut the driver off. Alternatively, depending on the time of day, it is possible the trailer’s lights were deactivated, making the semi-invisible to fellow drivers. Either of these facts would have a profound impact on the fault in this accident.

An investigation would also look into the safety of the trailer. Reports indicate the driver rolled under the trailer. This is concerning. Commercial organizations must take reasonable steps to limit fellow motorists’ risk of injury. Trailer under railing is a highly effective and affordable step a commercial company can take to limit risk. The trailer’s height is unreasonably dangerous when it permits vehicles to travel under the trailer's body and shave the vehicle's roof. Under railing prevents vehicles from rolling under the semi-trailer and provides a much greater chance of survival. An investigation will determine if this company installed a protective railing on this vehicle.

Disclaimer: All the information in this post is from third-party sources or constitutes my opinion. These posts are not legal advice. If you are not comfortable with this post or would like further information, please reach out to my firm.


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