• August 25, 2022

One Dead in 18-Wheeler Crash on I-57 in Union County, IL

Union County, IL — August 24, 2022, a 36-year-old Minneapolis man died in a crash between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 57 in Union County.

Reports say the incident happened Wednesday morning on I-57 at mile marker 32. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer operated by 35-year-old Hussein Digale was disabled and parked partially in the right northbound lane of the roadway. Another semi-truck driven by 42-year-old Mohamud Dacar then approached in the travel lanes and hit Digale's trailer.

The victim, a passenger in one of the trucks, was fatally injured. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on I-57 Truck Accident in Union County

Because the crash was between big rigs, folks may assume its aftermath is a matter of workers' compensation and there's little else to say. That may be true if the passenger was a company employee, but nobody has said that's the case. Depending on why he was in the truck at the time, the crash's implications might be different.

One Dead in 18-Wheeler Crash on I-57 in Union County, IL

If the passenger was an employee and was working at the time, his family may be eligible to receive workers' comp benefits after his passing. However, if he was just along for the ride--a friend, family member, or even a hitchhiker--and not employed by the company, then his family may have a wrongful death claim against it. Likewise, if he was an employee but was "off the clock" at the time they may be eligible to seek damages outside of standard workers' comp benefits.

I don't mean to be crass by bringing up legalities after this tragic accident. Clearly the first and greatest priority for the victim's family is simply grieving the loss of their loved one, and I'd never interfere with that. I only know from long experience that in many cases grief starts to include a desire for accountability, as well as in many cases an urgent need for help as a family struggles to get back on its feet after their loss.

To stand the best chance of getting both, trucking accidents must be carefully investigated as soon as possible. That typically requires efforts from independent accident reconstructionists who have the experience and equipment to make sure no important details slip through the cracks. Are the authorities in charge of this crash able to offer similar investment of time and care?

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