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

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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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August 29, 2014

Rockford Truck Crash Kills a Pedestrian

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As we have discussed before, truck accidents are oftentimes more dangerous than collisions with passenger vehicles due to their large size in height and weight. When such a large vehicle like a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller motor vehicle, the accident is often severe resulting in serious personal injuries or even fatalities. However, there are times when truck accidents can be even more grave, such as when pedestrians are involved. Truck accidents are already extremely dangerous, but when taking away the protective barrier a motor vehicle offers in a collision, pedestrians can suffer life-changing permanent injuries if they survive the crash.

According to a recent report by ABC 27 WKOW, a truck crash occurred near the city of Rockford that took the life of a pedestrian. Around 1:30 in the morning, the truck was traveling southbound on I-39 near Baxter Road in Winnebago County when it struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian died following the accident. According to the report, no charges have been filed, and at this time the Illinois State Police are still investigating the accident.

While it is unclear from this report whether anyone was negligent, pedestrian accidents such as this are still all too frequent. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011 there were 4,432 pedestrian deaths in the United States and 4,280 in 2010. Injuries from these accidents are also high. In 2011 approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide. Unfortunately, children are often the victims of pedestrian accidents. Of the 69,000 people injured in 2011, 11,000 of those people were children aged 14 and younger.

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August 26, 2014

Truck Driver Killed in Woodhull Truck Accident, Passenger Injured

by Levin & Perconti

While truck accidents seem to be all too frequent, especially in Illinois and throughout the Chicagoland area, and that we may not be able to prevent others from being negligent, there are things we can do to protect ourselves and less the danger that others' negligence poses to our safety. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing out seat belts so that we can be secure and safe in our vehicles. In these situations, even when we can do nothing to stop other drivers from being reckless, a safety belt can offer us some protection and save our lives.

When drivers and passengers fail to wear seat belts, they are much more vulnerable to the dangers around them, especially the potential for injury and death in a motor vehicle accident. According an article by the Quad-City Times, one person died and another was injured in a single truck accident in Woodhull on Interstate 74. According to preliminary reports by the state police, the truck veered and left the right side of the road for reasons unknown. The truck traveled into the east ditch and rolled over. Both occupants were transported to the local hospital where the driver was later pronounced dead. Police have reported that the driver was not wearing a seat belt, which could have contributed to his death. The accident still remains under investigation.

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August 25, 2014

Truck Driver Hailed As Heroic After Rescuing a Grandmother and Baby from Explosive Crash

by Levin & Perconti

It is too often that serious and fatal truck accidents are reported in the news and that we learn about deaths and injuries happening to innocent people. However, it is refreshing and enjoyable to report to our readers when such accidents have happy endings and lives are saved.

According to a recent article by Fox 13, a truck driver has been hailed for his heroic acts after a highway collision. A car slammed into a semi-truck and immediately exploded into flames. The truck driver ran from his truck to the car with a fire extinguisher and along with several witnesses pulled a grandmother and her one-year-old granddaughter to safety. As a result of helping one another, everyone survived this accident.

While in this accident it is unclear who was at fault, it is nevertheless admirable that an individual went into danger to save others. However, this is also a good opportunity to discuss with our readers a legal theory known as "duty of care" under tort law. We have often discussed that drivers have a legal duty of care when they get behind the wheel of the car and to drive in a safe manner as to not cause an accident and injury to others. The duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on individuals that requires them to adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing acts that could foreseeably harm others. In a negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff must show that the defendant had a duty of care that was breached.

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August 22, 2014

Recent Accidents Highlight Trucking Safety Issues

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Throughout the past few months, our law firm has frequently written about issues of negligence making truck accidents more frequent and especially dangerous. While it is not only truck drivers who are guilty of negligent acts like distracted driving, driving while fatigued, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and driving for too many hours straight, recent accidents have brought truck safety to the spotlight. Such accidents have made the media and public focus on ways to increase safety in the trucking industry in order to decrease the number of lives lost each year due to negligence.

According to a recent article by the Supply Chain Digest, fatal truck accidents have been on the rise. This is especially important for lawmakers, truck companies, and all citizens to reflect on because truck accidents had been on the decline for over a decade and have now sharply increased. In fact, the national statistics for fatal accidents involving large trucks fell from 4573 in 2000 to 2983 in 2009, which was a decrease of 35%. However, after 2009, fatal truck accident again went on the rise. As of 2012, fatal accidents reported in at 3464, which was a 16% increase from 2009.

The article also breaks down how frequently these accidents occur. For the most part, the number of trucks on our highways has remained constant, despite some recovery from the recession. Even with the same number of trucks on the roads though, the number of fatalities has increased. Fatal accidents per million vehicle miles traveled has jumped from 1.03 in 2009 to 1.29 in 2012. This is approximately 9.4 fatal truck accidents per day in the United States, in addition to the 100,000 individuals that are injured every year in truck accidents.

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August 21, 2014

Chicago Woman Dies in Fatal Interstate Truck Accident

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It is always unfortunate to report the death of a member of the Chicago community. This is especially true because these fatalities occur all too often, especially as the result of truck and motor vehicle accidents. This past week has been no different, as local news reports the death and injuries of several people in a semi-truck crash.

According to news from the Chicago Tribune, a Chicago woman was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 65. The report explains that a vehicle with a flat tire pulled over to the side of the interstate. The driver turned on the hazard lights and attempted to call authorities for assistant. However, while making the call, a semi-truck ran over the top of the vehicle. The front seat passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The others suffered injuries and required hospital care. As of now, no citations have been given, and police are still investigating the crash.

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August 15, 2014

57-Year-Old Woman Killed in I-80 Trucking Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Every week we hear in the news of truck and motor vehicle accidents that cause serious personal injuries or deaths, particularly on busy Chicago expressways. Unfortunately, these accidents are often preventable. Too often drivers engage in dangerous driving habits such as texting and driving, driving while tired, excessive speeding, and following too closely. When drivers act in this reckless manner and are the cause of an accident and injury to others, they can be found liable for negligence. All drivers, truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles alike, need always remain cautious and vigilant, particularly on busy expressways where accidents can easily occur.

A recent article by the Chicago Tribune reports that a 57-year-old woman was killed in a crash near the Illinois-Indiana border on Interstate 80. According to Illinois State Police, a car and semitrailer collided in the early morning near the state line. The woman died from blunt force trauma in the accident.

Truck accidents are extremely dangerous and can cause victims to suffer serious personal injuries or fatalities. Oftentimes victims suffer life-threatening or permanent injuries such as broken bones, loss of limbs, paralysis, or damages to vital areas of the body like the head and neck. Although uncontrollable factors such as weather or poor road conditions can lead to crashes, many accidents unfortunately occur as a result of preventable negligence such as driver distraction, fatigue or intoxication.

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August 14, 2014

Driver Critically Injured in Route 15 Truck Accident

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Our readers know that truck accidents can have devastating affects on individuals who are injured as a result of truck driver negligence such as speeding, drowsy driving, or distracted driving. However, it is also important to consider how these accidents also impact the lives and safety of truck drivers too. Just as drivers of motor vehicles can be injured or killed from truck accidents, truck drivers can also be left with life-threating or permanent injuries caused by the negligence of others.

According to a recent article by Fox 2 Now, a truck driver was critically injured in a crash on Illinois Route 15 north of St. Libory. According to local authorities, the driver of a southbound slammed into the front of the semi-trailer as she attempted to turn west onto Illinois Route 15. The driver of the truck was airlifted to a local hospital and remains in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation.

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August 13, 2014

Three Injured in Dan Ryan Rollover Accident

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It is all too often that our attorneys read about truck and motor vehicle accidents occurring on Chicago area interstates. Accidents that occur on these roads can be extremely dangerous as the roads are often congested with vehicles travelling at high speeds. Some of the most dangerous accidents are those that involve large trucks.

According to recent reports by CBS Chicago, three people suffered personal injuries after a semi-truck flipped on top of their car on the Chicago Dan Ryan expressway. The accident occurred on the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway near 47th Street. The three victims were hospitalized, and the accident caused traffic to up to 95th Street. According to a police report, the northbound car swerved and struck the semi-tractor-trailer truck that was also heading northbound. This caused both vehicles to strike the median, and the semi rolled over, spilling some of the dried concrete it was transporting. The driver of the car was cited with improper lane usage.

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