Morris, IL (May 5, 2020) – A truck driver was killed following a collision near Morris, Illinois on Sunday, May 3rd. The accident occurred on I-80 east of Brisbon Road at around 11:50 p.m. According to local sources, a 20-year-old driver parked on the side of the road pulled in front of an 18-wheeler, causing the accident.
The deceased victim and driver of the semi was identified as Brandon Heard, 43, of River Grove, Illinois. The 25-year-old passenger of the 2011 Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee suffered critical injuries in the accident. Heard, who was operating a 2019 Black Freightliner Truck, was pronounced dead at around 1:42 a.m. the following day.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently in progress.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Brandon Heard at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal Semi-Truck Accidents in Illinois
In most deadly commercial vehicle accidents, the victims are those traveling in passenger vehicles. However, an estimated 700 semi-truck occupants are killed in 18-wheeler accidents each year. There are more than 500,000 of these collisions reported annually.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is nearly unbearable. Surviving family members may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a representative of the decedent’s estate – usually a close family member – seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, a wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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