A single-vehicle truck collision occurred on I-57 in Chicago about a month ago that nearly took the life of the driver and his passenger [Source: Chicago Sun Times]. It was during the earlier morning hours when Darrion Hardemon, 32, was driving down the interstate near Harlem Avenue in his Ford F-150. He had a passenger in the vehicle with him at the time, who had been identified as a 41-year-old male, when suddenly, he lost control of the truck. The Ford ended up crossing over the center median and overturned. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved or impacted by the accident.
Police, medics, and fire rescue all arrived at the scene and shut the interstate down. Hardemon had to be airlifted from the scene and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He was said to have sustained serious injuries and he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. His passenger, however, was wearing his safety belt and was taken to the hospital where he was eventually released. The driver was later charged with driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, and not wearing a seat belt.
The passenger’s brother-in-law contacted the news outlet to share a photo of the traumatic accident. He said he wanted to remind others of the importance of wearing a seat belt. He also told the source that his brother-in-law was “doing alright” and that the first thing he told him when he had seen him was that “the seat belt saved his life.”
The reality is, many drivers often overlook the importance of wearing a seatbelt. Many don’t think this one small strap has the capability of saving their life. But, this man who managed to survive a crash that left a Ford truck mangled has a first-hand experience that proves just how useful safety belts are.
Although drivers are told time and time again that seatbelts save lives and reduce the chance of an injury in the event of an accident, below we have taken a moment to highlight some statistics that prove this and why you should be wearing yours in the event you don’t make it a priority.
If you want to increase your chances of surviving an accident while reducing your chances of sustaining a serious injury in the event one occurs, wear your seat belt.
- In 2016, seat belts saved approximately 14,668 lives [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]. That’s 14,668 people who were given the chance to carry on their lives rather than losing it to an accident.
- Of the 37,461 people who were killed in auto accidents in 2016, 48% were not wearing their seat belt.
- Airbags aren’t enough to protect you in the event of an accident. Because airbags apply such force when they deploy, if you aren’t wearing a seat belt, you are at a greater risk of becoming severely injured or even killed.
- 59% of individuals ages 21 to 24 occupying a vehicle who were killed in vehicular accidents in 2015 were not wearing their seat belts.
While it is clear that seat belts don’t exactly make your drive or ride the most comfortable, they aren’t there for comfort, rather, they are there to protect you. So why not let them do their job and help keep you and your loved ones safe. Now, if you have recently been involved in an accident involving a truck in IL and are looking for some guidance as to what you should do following the crash, the best thing you can do is contact Chicago, IL truck accident lawyer John C. Wunsch.
There are many avenues a truck crash victim can take after an accident and it depends on how and why the accident occurred along with the damage that was caused as a result of it. So, to be sure you take the appropriate avenue so that you are properly compensated, we recommend you contact the Law Offices of John C. Wunsch, P.C. today.
You can find the Law Offices of John C. Wunsch, P.C. at:
77 W. Washington Street, #1420
Chicago, IL 60602