Driver Injured in Cargo Shift Truck Accident on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills, IL
Lake in the Hills, IL -- September 14, 2022, a truck driver was injured after an accident where concrete slabs impaled the driver's cabin.
Authorities were called to the area of Randall Road and Algonquin Road at around 11:00 a.m. It appears that a semi-truck was going along Randall Road when the truck stopped on southbound lanes. When the truck stopped, concrete slabs on the trailer slid forward and pierced the back of the cabin.
The truck driver was pinned by the cargo and had to be extricated by rescue teams. Reports indicate his injuries were serious. No one else was hurt. At this time, the factors leading up to the accident are still under investigation.
Commentary on Concrete Slab Truck Accident on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills
Some people may be quick to write this off as just some freak, unavoidable accident. It very well could be, but it's important to understand the expectations of loading cargo on a trailer.
Generally speaking, companies and equipment have the expectation of accounting for reasonable scenarios the cargo may undergo. A truck stopping, suddenly or otherwise, is not unusual. It happens all the time, whether due to the truck driver's inattention or some other reckless driver cutting them off. If a company fails to load the cargo such that it is secure for these predictable scenarios, they could be responsible for a resulting cargo shift.
Folks may assume that's the driver's employer or the driver themselves. It could be, but sometimes the company that loads the trailer isn't the same as the company that transports it. Could it be that some other company contributed to this incident?
Furthermore, what about the equipment used to secure the cargo? The most likely explanation is that it wasn't used properly, but it's also possible the equipment was defective. If a driver has every reason to believe they're securing cargo properly, but the equipment fails to hold up during moderate driving conditions, that could be a sign the manufacturer screwed up and got the driver hurt.
One way or another, this is not the sort of thing authorities typically handle on their own. There may need to be far more thorough independent investigations to really get to the bottom of what happened here and who may be responsible for the driver's injuries.