• September 15, 2022

Maurice Burkley Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-55 in Will County, IL

UPDATE (September 16, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 52-year-old Maurice Burkley.

Will County, IL — September 14, 2022, one person died when a car rear-ended a stopped tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 in Will County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. along southbound I-55 near mile marker 252. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's car and an 18-wheeler were both traveling south on the roadway when the truck stopped for road closures due to construction. Reports say it was stopped in the road when the car crashed into the back of its trailer.

The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Maurice Burkley Accident in Will County

People tend to read about rear-end crashes like this one and almost immediately conclude the rear driver did something wrong to cause it. However, it's important to remember that everyone should get the benefit of the doubt unless clear facts say otherwise. It's always best not to jump to conclusions and instead look carefully at all the specifics of a collision.

Rather than pointing fingers immediately and ignoring other potential issues, it's important to keep an open mind and ensure all the lingering questions have answers. For example: How long was the truck stopped in the road before the car arrived? Was it at a full stop or still slowing down? If it was slowing did the driver brake gradually as he approached the lane closures, or suddenly when he was almost on top of them? Did the trailer's brake lights work? Was the truck clearly visible in the late-night darkness? Is that area lit by anything else? Was the car's driver awake, alert, and focused on the road?

Maurice Burkley Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-55 in Will County, IL

I don't ask those questions to complicate things or accuse anyone. I just firmly believe in the necessity of a full and thorough investigation. The law is nuanced enough to consider all the factors that led to a crash, but that requires learning about them first. Will law enforcement put in the necessary work to be sure the whole story is known, or should independent investigators take another look?

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