Trucks are an integral part of everyday life in Cook County. A tractor trailer is a common sight on the highways. With the massive size of these vehicles, however, any mishap can result in a fatal truck accident. One of the most common occurrences wrongful death attorneys encounter is a fatal commercial truck accident with other vehicles on the road or with pedestrians.
Recently, a 61-year-old truck driver carting coal was killed when a tire from a truck with a box trailer came loose and hit his vehicle. The man's truck caught fire. He drove off the road, crashed into a tree and was declared dead at the site of the accident. Upon investigation, law enforcement found that the 42-year-old driver of the truck that lost the tire had committed several violations including driving with an expired commercial driver's license, failing to secure a new CDL and operating his vehicle with loose fasteners.