October 13, 2014

Passengers Suffer Injuries in Fulton Rollover Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Frequent visitors to our blog know that rollover accidents are especially dangerous and unfortunately very common in SUVs and trucks, because they are tall and narrow vehicles. The design of these vehicles makes it easy for them to tip over in a collision, which can cause serious and long-term personal injuries for all parties involved in the rollover accident – both those in the vehicle that rolled over and those in the other vehicles around the scene who are put in danger of a nearby rolling vehicle.

According to a recent article by the Clinton Herald, a rollover accident in Fulton caused victims to suffer personal injuries. A passenger car that was traveling north collided with a pickup truck at the 900 block of 12th Street. Upon collision the truck rolled over and then came to a stop upside down on top of the passenger vehicle that hit it. Responders had to act quickly in this emergency to extricate the driver out of the pickup truck. Both the driver of the car and the driver of the truck sustained personal injuries, but fortunately none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. That is at least some good news to hear out of this accident because it is extremely common for rollover accidents to result in life-threatening injuries or permanent debilitating injuries.

It is important to remember that a rollover can occur whether the driver is the negligent party or not. While the article stated that it is unclear what the cause of the accident was and that it is still under investigation, in this instance the car hit the truck causing a rollover.

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October 9, 2014

Distracted Driving Potential Cause of Fatal Truck-Bus Collision

by Levin & Perconti

Time and again distracted driving is making headlines, but this is a dangerous trend that we should all work together to end. Because distracted driving is all too common, there have been many accidents in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois which would have been prevented but for negligent driving and not paying attention to the road.

Unfortunately, distracted driving was once again in recent news when a tractor-trailer collided with a bus, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig. The truck collided with a bus and drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid colliding with the bus. As a result of the collision, four members of a Texas community college women’s softball team were killed.

At the time of the accident the truck had been traveling northbound on Friday night. At this spot on Interstate 35 the road curves gently to the right, but the truck continued straight, traveling approximately 820 feet through the median, and collided with the southbound headed bus that was carrying 15 members of the softball team and their coach. However, even after striking the side of the bus, the truck continued to drive for about another 300 feet. It then crossed over the southbound lanes and then uprooted some trees.

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October 8, 2014

Semi-Truck Rollover Accident Traps Occupants

by Levin & Perconti

Motor vehicle and truck accidents are extremely frightening and traumatic for survivors of these crashes. When a crash goes beyond a collision and the impact causes a vehicle to flip and roll over, these accidents can be much worse for surviving victims. Not only is it extremely scary to be stuck inside a vehicle that is hurtling through the air or skidding upside down across the blacktop highway, but such high impact collisions and rollovers can create permanent and life-changing injuries resulting in long-term physical suffering, expensive medical bills, and lost wages from inability to work.

Recent news by KWQC exemplifies how dangerous rollover accidents can be. According to the article, a semi-truck rolled over on I-80 near Atkinson. Police described that the driver was traveling westbound on I-80 and came upon a curve where he over-corrected. This resulted in the driver losing control of the truck and crossing into the median. The truck then rolled over on the driver side and entrapped both the truck driver and passenger inside. Local fire and rescue services had to rush to the scene to extricate these people out of the truck and take them by ambulance for emergency care. The victims’ current condition is unknown, but the accident remains under investigation. The driver has been charged with improper lane usage, and other charges are pending.

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October 3, 2014

Heyworth Teen Dies in Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

It is far too often that fatal truck accidents occur on our Illinois roads and highways. However, it is especially heart-breaking to learn of these accidents taking the lives of young people, such as children and teens. Such accidents cut the lives of these people far too short and take away the potential and futures they had. These accidents are especially difficult for parents and family members because the deaths of very young people are more often than not very unexpected and sudden.

Unfortunately, a fatal truck accident took the life of a teen, according to recent news. In an article by the Pantagraph, a fifteen-year-old boy died after he was the passenger in a car that was hit by a pick-up truck. The boy was wearing a seat belt, but did not survive the accident that took place on U.S. 51 at McLean County Road. The driver, a sixteen-year-old female classmate, suffered serious personal injuries and remains hospitalized. The principal of their high school has brought in counselors to help grieving students with the loss of their classmate and friend. There was also a 6-month-old baby in the pickup truck who was thankfully not harmed. According to another article by Central Illinois Proud, the teens’ vehicle was headed westbound and was struck by the pickup truck headed southbound. The boy died of head injuries from the accident. The state police are still investigating this accident and are currently working to reconstruct it to research it further.

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October 1, 2014

Hit-and-Run Truck Accident Leaves Police Searching for More Information

by Levin & Perconti

For anyone who has ever been in an accident, you know how frustrating they are, sometimes even for the long term. In a matter of just minutes victims sustain injuries and incur heavy financial burdens from damage to their vehicles, medical bills, and possibly lost wages when injuries are serious enough to keep someone from work. However, we all know that the right and lawful thing to do after an accident is to pull over to the side of the road and exchange information with the other party or parties involved. When this doesn't happen though, and other people flee the scene of the accident, victims are left helpless and responsible parties evade accountability.

In recent news by Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, police are trying to identify a truck driver after a hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred in Charleston near Stevenson Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus. At the intersection of Fourth and Grant, officers had been called out to the scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that immediately fled the scene. Authorities gathered information from witnesses, who described the fleeing vehicle as an aqua green full-size truck with a regular cab. The victim had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The incident is still under investigation.

As you know, it is the law in Illinois to stop when in a motor vehicle accident. Illinois law, under 625 ILCS 5/11-401, describes that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that results in injury or death to another person must immediately stop at the scene of the accident. The individual must also remain at the scene.

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September 29, 2014

Truck-Bus Collision Results in Oil Spill Clean-Up

by Levin & Perconti

While we all know how frustrating and upsetting motor vehicle accidents can already be due to injuries and financial burdens, the frustrations of these accidents can be amplified when hazardous materials are involved with the collision with regards to dangers to victims and hazards to the nearby environment.

According to recent news by TMJ 4, a bus and a truck recently collided requiring extensive clean up. While thankfully no serious injuries resulted from this accident, local authorities had to call for two ambulances and had to send a hazardous material unit to the scene in order to tend to the crash. As a result of the crash, there was a relatively significant oil spill.

Because vehicles run on fuels such as gas and oil, these hazardous materials can spill when vehicles collide in an accident and may even cause explosions.. Thankfully in this accident, authorities quickly tended to the situation and no significant dangers materialized from the spilled oil. However, this is unfortunately not the case in many accidents, where spilled hazardous materials - whether from fuel or the cargo of large trucks - create a dangerous situation along roads for both parties in the accident and bystanders.

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September 19, 2014

Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue Brought to Attention in Major News

by Levin & Perconti

Fatigued truck drivers has been frequently highlighted in the news, especially after numerous truck accidents where drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel from driving for too long. By requiring truck driver employees to work so many hours in a row without enough of a break to significantly rest, companies are endangering not only their employees but everyone else on the roads with the truck drivers. When demanding so many logged hours of drivers, companies are putting profit above protecting human life.

This issue has been highlighted by major news sources again recently, in an article by ABC. In the video report of this article, it is reported that in 2012 alone there were 300,000 large truck crashes and 4,000 fatalities. It is all too often that truck drivers are excessively speeding or tailgating cars in front of them. Very often the cause of this is driving while too tired from logging too many hours behind the wheel in a row. The video interviews one truck driver, where the viewer can hear his truck radio instructing the truck driver to continue driving even though he said he was falling asleep behind the wheel. The driver was informed over the radio that there was no choice in this matter and that he would have to continue driving. Instead of understanding the safety at issue, the dispatcher became rather terse and intimidating to the driver by begging the question of if the driver is wondering where his paycheck is going to come from. Understandably, with pressures like these, many truck drivers may feel compelled to log more hours than their body can handle without rest.

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September 17, 2014

Kane County Garbage Truck Collision Results in Serious Personal Injuries

by Levin & Perconti

While we often discuss personal injuries and wrongful death resulting from collisions with large trucks like semis and tractor-trailers, it is important to remember that accidents can and do occur with trucks of all types, not just commercial ones. Furthermore, trucks of all types are significantly larger than typical passenger vehicles, and for this reason the injuries suffered from these collisions are often serious or fatal.

In the town of Sugar Grove, a suburb of Chicago in Kane County, a garbage truck and minivan collided, according to recent news by CBS Chicago. According to the Kane County Sheriff’s police, the minivan driver was headed east on U.S. Route 30 at 7:30 in the morning and crossed to the westbound lane for unknown reasons. At the same time, a Waste Management garbage truck was heading west and had to suddenly veer to attempt to avoid a collision, but veered into the eastbound lane. The vehicles collided, and the collision caused the minivan to roll over.

The article states that neither driver has been issued any traffic citations, and that the cause of the crash is still under investigation. In incidences like these involving serious personal injuries or death, courts can find negligence on behalf of both drivers under a tort law theory called comparative negligence. According to Cornell University, comparative negligence is a rule used for allocating damages when both parties are somewhat at fault for an accident. In these situations where both a plaintiff and defendant were negligence, juries often allocate a percentage of fault to both parties. Then, each party pays a share of the other’s damages.

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September 12, 2014

Chicago Actor Dies in Truck Crash

by Levin & Perconti

Previously, we have discussed how serious truck accidents can be, especially for the reason of the size difference between large trucks and other motor vehicles. Trucks are significantly larger in both height and weight than your average passenger car. Because of this fact, when these two vehicles are in a collision, a truck can cause serious personal injuries or death to victims of other vehicles.

This unfortunate truth about the dangers of truck accidents was especially evident in a recent truck accident that killed a Chicago actor, according to the NWI Times. The collision occurred between a passenger car and tractor trailer at the intersection of Calumet and Broadmoor avenues in Munster. The actor was preparing to appear in a production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Theater at the Center. According to police, the semi-truck was northbound on Calumet when it hit the southbound headed car that was turning left into the truck’s path. The car was then crushed beneath the cab of the truck, and the two vehicles ended up in the parking lot of a Fifth Third Bank after colliding. Authorities are still working to reconstruct and investigate this accident.

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September 11, 2014

Skateboarder Dies in Collision with Drunk Truck Driver

by Levin & Perconti

While we all know that pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles and trucks are extremely dangerous, we often think of these accidents occurring in specific locale. Many people might assume that these accidents happen in busy cities with congested roads or off of highways with vehicles traveling at high speeds. While accidents are common in these areas, it is important to remember that pedestrian accidents can and do happen everywhere, even in locations where we least expect and feel safer. By knowing this fact, as pedestrians we can be on alert for dangers wherever we are traveling.

For instance, recent news by the Chicago Tribune has indicated that a skateboarder was fatally struck by a truck in McHenry County. The victim, a 17-year-old, died from multiple injuries to the head, spine, chest, and abdomen. The driver of the pickup truck that hit the teen has been charged with drunk driving. The pickup truck driver suffered no injuries from the accident.

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September 5, 2014

Car Collides with Parked Truck, Results in Fatality

by Levin & Perconti

It is no secret that Illinois roads, particularly those in and around Chicago, are busy at all times of day and night. With so many drivers on the roads, motor vehicle accidents are more likely due to congestion. However, these accidents are even more likely to occur when people do not practice safe driving and engage in negligent and reckless behavior.

According to a recent news report by the Chicago Tribune, a 35-year-old man died when his car crashed into a construction pickup truck. The accident occurred on Interstate 57 in the Chicago south suburb of Markham. Reports indicate that the man was driving south on the interstate when for an unknown reason he veered and hit the unoccupied truck that was on the left side of the highway. The accident occurred near 159th Street around 12:50 a.m. in the morning. No one else was injured in this collision, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

While the reason for this collision is unknown, it is important to discuss several factors in accidents that occur at night. For one, as we have discussed before, driving while fatigued is extremely dangerous and also negligent. Seeing as this accident happened around 1 a.m., it may be possible that this driver was tired and unable to properly drive. When drivers are fatigued they can easily nod off behind the wheel. Even a moment of inattention from fatigue can result in veering off the road and ending up in a deadly accident.

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September 3, 2014

Driver Hospitalized Following Peoria Tractor Trailer Rollover Accident

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Illinois has an expansive network of highways and interstates. It is also a state that is a major hub of business. Combining these two factors, Illinois roads are often filled with large trucks to transports goods throughout the state and across the state lines for many companies and services. While people often think of Chicago as the spot for congested roads, many of the highways throughout the state are used every day by truck drivers, who are often on long routes to make pick-ups or deliveries. That being known, truck accidents can happen anywhere, and it is important for truck drivers and all drivers alike on the roads to always practice safe driving and avoid reckless and negligent behavior.

According to a recent article by Central Illinois Proud, a rollover accident occurred which sent the driver of a semi-truck to the hospital. The accident occurred on I-74 at milepost 78 after 2:30 in the morning. Reports by police have indicated that the semi-truck left the roadway and struck a guardrail. This caused the truck to then roll over. The investigation of this accident is still under way. Although no other vehicles were involved in this accident, it highlights the potential dangers associated with drowsy or sleep-deprived drivers.

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