One Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-55 in DuPage County, IL
DuPage County, IL — November 1, 2022, one person died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 in suburban DuPage County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 p.m. on northbound I-55 near Lemont Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a passenger vehicle crashed into the back of a commercial semi-truck's trailer for unknown reasons.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-55 in DuPage County
It's important not to think a few vague sentences in the news is all there is to know about a crash like this. One vehicle rear-ending another is nothing new, and it's true that such collisions are often the fault of the rear driver. However, that can't and shouldn't be taken for granted as there can sometimes be extenuating circumstances. If the crash isn't handled by professionals with the right training and equipment, important information may be overlooked or misunderstood.
As hard-working as officers generally are, they don't always have the tools or time needed to look into the more complex possibilities of a crash. As such, people are sometimes blamed for being careless when a crash like the one on I-55 was actually out of their hands. What if the truck stopped suddenly ahead of the victim, for instance, or cut them off with no space to stop or steer clear? What if the victim's car malfunctioned and they couldn't stop? Would or should they still be blamed for that? I think not.
Understanding the pitfalls of a "by the numbers" police investigation and what it may overlook can help folks understand why a crash like this is better handled by independent investigators. Click below to learn more.