Chicago Actor Bernie Yvon Killed in Tragic Truck Crash

Over the weekend, Chicago lost one of its favorite local actors in a deadly truck accident. Bernie Yvon was a veteran of the stage in Chicago and had been appearing in a production in Indiana. According to news reports, he was traveling to a rehearsal when he was killed. The truck crash occurred in Munster, Indiana on Saturday, September 6 at about 10:30 am.

Trucks Are Massive Machines

While it’s too early in the investigation to assign culpability, a look at the images taken at the scene make one thing very clear: trucks are massive machines capable of great destruction.

Chicago Actor Bernie Yvon Killed in Indiana Truck Crash


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Underneath the cab and front wheels of the big truck — which could weigh as much as 80,000 pounds — are the remains of a grey passenger car. That any vehicle on the road could inflict that sort of damage on another vehicle on the road is positively frightening.

I am eager to stress that the police have not released details of their investigation, so it’s not clear who may be at fault in this truck crash.

Yet as a truck accident attorney, it’s accident scene photos like this one that make it very clear that it is right that these big trucks are heavily regulated and closely monitored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Education, Legislation and Litigation

A number of years ago, I was invited to join the National Advisory Board of APITLA, an organization of leading truck accident attorneys. A key aspect of APITLA’s mission is to improve road safety through improved education (of truck drivers, trucking company leaders, legislators and the general public), more meaningful legislation and, where necessary, aggressive litigation to hold negligent wrongdoers accountable for the damage they cause.

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