In December, people in Illinois may have noticed an increase in the number of UPS trucks on the roads as the company attempted to deliver packages before the holidays. Unfortunately, the rush to deliver packages in time could lead to a serious truck accident. For example, one woman recently suffered serious injuries after allegedly being struck by a UPS truck.
At approximately 5 p.m. on an evening in December, police claim that the driver of a UPS truck made a turn onto an Illinois roadway. Unfortunately, he allegedly struck a 30-year-old female pedestrian after doing so. Reports indicate that the driver was unaware he had hit the woman until he heard her screaming.
Apparently, the woman was trapped underneath the truck and had to be extricated by firefighters. She was transported to the hospital for treatment, where she was listed in critical condition. The truck driver now faces charges as a result, but police say more charges could be filed. He is no longer driving a UPS truck as the company conducts its own investigation.
Anyone who has been treated at a hospital likely knows of the expenses that such treatment can entail. In addition to medical bills, the woman may face a lengthy recovery, resulting in lost wages and other damages. Many people in Illinois who have found themselves in a similar situation have sought financial relief in a civil court. If a plaintiff can prove that his or her injuries resulted from another’s negligence, he or she could receive an award of damages to help offset the costs and related losses associated with a truck accident.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “UPS driver taken off road after woman struck by truck in Evanston“, Brian L. Cox, Dec. 23, 2014