Minooka, Illinois — A collision between a semi-truck and a pickup caused a fatality at the intersection of Grove Road and Sherrill Road. The incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to reports, a semi-truck was traveling south on Grove Road and failed to adhere to the stop sign at an intersection, which is not a four-way stop. This caused a pickup truck on Sherrill Road to collide with the semi.
Kenneth A. Bolte, the pickup truck driver, died from his injuries.
No other details have been provided.
Thoughts on Semi-Trucks that Fail to Stop at Intersections.
Stop signs are in place for a reason. They help regulate, guide, and keep roads safe.
Ignoring these signs, like failing to stop at a stop sign, can cause devastating accidents. When a truck driver ignores safety signs and causes someone serious injuries or death, they should be held accountable.
Why did the trucker here fail to stop? Was the trucker distracted? Speeding? Or simply did not care to obey traffic rules?
In addition, the trucking company that employed the trucker may share responsibility. Employers have a duty to the motoring public to place safe drivers on our roadways. This means vetting its drivers for repeated traffic violations and red flags, providing its drivers with safety training (including the importance of following traffic signs), and promoting a culture of safety above profits (sometimes truckers are under stress to make deadlines and end up breaking road rules to please their employers). When trucking companies fail to do this, and their driver causes serious injuries or a fatality, the trucking company may also be held accountable.
Trained professionals will need to conduct an investigation to help answer these questions and to help hold any and all wrongdoers accountable. The family of the deceased deserves justice and answers. May it come to them soon.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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