• July 11, 2022

Iliyan Shopski Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Cook County, IL

Cook County, IL -- July 7, 2022, Iliyan Shopski was killed following an accident where two commercials trucks collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 9:20 a.m. along I-294 outside of Alsip.

Officials reported that a tractor-trailer was parked along the shoulder when another tractor-trailer somehow crashed into that truck.

Due to the collision, one of the drivers sustained fatal injuries. Reports identified the victim as Iliyan Shopski, though it's unclear which truck Shopski was in. The other driver involved had reportedly non-life-threatening injuries.

Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Iliyan Shopski Tractor-Trailer Accident in Cook County

There isn't much information about what happened here, but folks may be quick to jump to conclusions seeing a truck hit a parked vehicle on the shoulder. While that is often a sign that driver did something wrong, it's important to let the evidence speak for itself. There's no telling when something unusual may lead to a serious crash.

For example, I had a situation a while back in which a commercial driver lost control and caused a serious crash. It turned out he had a medical emergency, making the crash apparently unavoidable. But we wanted to be thorough, so we kept digging. That's why more serious issues came to light.

Iliyan Shopski Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Cook County, IL

Looking at the driver's history, it turned out he had a long history of serious medical issues. They were such that a prudent trucking company wouldn't have let that man behind the wheel. It was just a matter of time before he suffered a medical emergency while driving, putting both his life and the lives of those around him in serious danger. That company either didn't bother ensuring the man could do the job safely or simply ignored the red flags--it's tough to say which would be worse.

I'm not bringing any of this up to say it happened here. My point is that folks are quick to assume that authorities will look into things, and that's that. More often than not, though, getting victims and families the answers they deserve means ensuring there are thorough independent accident reconstructions. Doing so here could show there were issues leading up to the crash that need to be addressed to make things right.

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