6 Injured in Tow Truck Accident in Chicago, IL at Fullerton and Laramie
Chicago, IL -- June 26, 2020, Six people were injured in an accident involving a tow truck and a public transit bus.
The events under investigation occurred just before 8 am at the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Laramie Avenue.
Information released to the public by the Chicago Transit Authority suggests that the bus was traveling east when it swerved to avoid a tow truck that had lost control. As a result, the bus then crashed into a nearby building.
Six people were transported to local hospitals in good condition, including the bus driver and at least two of its passengers.
If what's being reported about this wreck is accurate, I would strongly suspect that some carelessness on the part of the tow truck driver was likely the most direct cause of the injuries that resulted, as that's more often that not what leads vehicles to lose control. However, even if further inquiries verify my suspicion, that doesn't mean the truck driver's employer will take responsibility for the wreck.
These companies know the burden is on the victims to prove that their employee's negligence caused the injuries stemming from the wreck, which means they always have the option of putting forward a dubious defense and hoping that it won't be effectively challenged. In the incident at hand, I would expect that to involve arguing that the wreck occurred, not because of the truck driver failing to control his vehicle responsibly, but because the bus driver used "faulty evasive maneuvers, and could have avoided running into the building if he'd been more careful.
In short, when a commercial truck is involved in a wreck, it's a pretty safe bet that the trucking company will have explanations at the ready to excuse their employee's actions and attempt to avoid liability. This doesn't mean that victims are powerless to overcome these blame-shifting tactics, but doing so successfully requires that they get the help they need to gather evidence and start building their case as soon as possible to prove their side of the story.