A previous post on this blog discussed how most fatal work-related accidents happen not because of construction negligence but are in fact caused by motor vehicle crashes or other transportation-related accidents. Those who work alongside the road of Illinois put their lives at risk every day, often simply because they need to feed their families.
A grim reminder of this reality happened in the Chicago area quickly when a truck accident took the life of a toll worker. The worker was alongside the road with a colleague trying to remove trash and other items from the road. According to the eyewitness account of the deceased worker’s partner, the side of the truck was too close to the workers and brushed against victim, killing the man as he was returning to his own car.
Police do want to identify the trucker, who did not stop at the scene of the accident. However, authorities have been reluctant to call the accident a hit-and-run and indicate they need to do more investigation in to the cause of the accident, as the truck which the man’s partner described might not have been the vehicle involved in the accident.
In any event, as the previous post on this blog mentioned, the worker’s family is on account of an automobile accident left without their relative, whom they may well have relied on for both emotional and financial support. While workers’ compensation benefits may help this family, they will likely have expenses on costs which workers’ compensation simply will not cover. Once the dust settles and police finalize their investigation, the family may consider a wrongful death suit or other appropriate legal action.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Tollway worker struck, killed by vehicle on I-294,” Sept. 18, 2017