Streamwood, IL Truck Accident Kills Pedestrian on South Bartlett
Streamwood, IL -- March 25, 2020, one person was killed following an accident where a truck hit them along South Bartlett Road.
Investigators with the Streamwood Police Department reported that the collision occurred in the afternoon hours of Wednesday north of the South Bartlett Road and Streamwood Boulevard.
Authorities said that a man was walking in the area and attempted to cross Bartlett. Doing so, he entered the path of a Mack truck which did not avoid him in time. As a result, the truck hit the pedestrian.
EMS took the man to a hospital with serious injuries. He later died there. No one else was hurt. At this time, police continue to investigate the accident.
One purpose of this blog is to clear up misconceptions about the law, and pedestrian accidents in particular come up quite a lot. People tend to fall into two camps of thought: pedestrians always have the right of way, or if the pedestrian didn't have the right of way, they're automatically at fault. Neither of these is really true, and the actual answer lies somewhere in between.
The real question following an accident like this is, how avoidable was it? It's obviously important for pedestrians to use crosswalks and follow signals, but if they don't, that doesn't give drivers carte blanch to hit them. Generally speaking, the law holds drivers, and professional truck drivers in particular, to a standard of reasonable prudence. If a driver who is doing everything right--driving at appropriate speeds, paying attention to the road, vehicle in working order, etc.--has a chance to avoid hitting someone, they have a responsibility to do so. If they fail to, then it could be they were doing something wrong.
So with an accident like this, investigators need to find out who had the right-of-way, but they also need to look into whether or not the truck driver could have avoided hitting the victim. If a reasonably prudent truck driver couldn't have avoided the accident, then that's likely all there is to know. If they could have, however, investigators need to find out why this driver failed to.