• February 04, 2022

One Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-94 in Wadsworth, IL

Wadsworth, IL -- February 2, 2022, one person sustained injuries following an accident where their vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed on I-94.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:14 p.m. along I-94 just outside Wadsworth.

In their reports, officials said that an 18-wheeler jackknifed along westbound I-94. Somehow, this resulted in a collision with a red SUV, sending both vehicles off-road. The SUV then overturned.

As a result of the crash, the driver of the SUV had reportedly minor injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on I-94 in Wadsworth

It's not entirely clear what caused this crash, but when there is snow or ice on the ground, it's easy to assume that the crash was weather related. Considering how common that is, it may not seem like that would make things all that complex. In reality, weather conditions can create significant obstacles between victims and the help they need if they lack the proper tools to overcome those barriers.

One Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-94 in Wadsworth, IL

Let me give an example. I had this case a while back where an 18-wheeler lost control while it was raining, causing the 18-wheeler to cross the center line, hit someone head-on, and kill them. The trucking company denied responsibility because they said the weather was simply to inclement for the truck driver to control. Now, this is based in a legitimate defense called the Act of God Defense. It basically says that drivers aren't responsible for accidents resulting from natural events they had no control over. But would rain really cause a crash like that? Short of some record-breaking storm that causes flooding in a matter of seconds, it sure wasn't likely. But it was our burden to show that this defense was erroneous.

Through our investigations, we found key pieces of evidence to prove that the truck drier simply failed to compensate for the slick roads. For one, ECM records showed that the truck was going too fast for conditions, possibly even too fast for dry conditions. What's more, our investigations showed that the truck's tires were worn and needed to be replaced, making it even more difficult for the driver to properly navigate the rainy roads. All in all, our independent investigations poked that defense full of holes. The trucking company had little choice but to cooperate and do right by the family.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it's important that people know never to take evidence for granted. It can take extensive efforts from professionals to overcome hurdles after even seemingly straight-forward accidents. Are steps being taken to get answers here?

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