We have frequently discussed how truck accidents are extremely dangerous. Trucks are very large vehicles that are immense in height, length, and weight. Due to these factors, a collision with one can cause serious damage, especially when traveling at high speeds on highways and interstates. However, combine these factors with winter weather conditions and a large number of vehicles, and the accident can be even more extreme.
While we unfortunately frequently hear of truck accidents, it is rare to hear of an accidents involving tens or even hundreds of vehicles.. However, in recent news by the Chicago Tribune, one recent Midwest accident involved a pile-up of 123 vehicles.
According to the article, 123 vehicles were involved in pileups along the snowy Interstate 94. As a result of the accident, one truck driver died. The accident ignited a fire and an explosion on a semi-truck that was carrying fireworks. Police have discussed that there was snow, wind, and poor visibility at the time of travel. Police then urged everyone within a 3-mile radius to evacuate the area due to the hazardous materials. People were not allowed to return until the hazardous materials, including acid, had burned off. In addition to a death of a truck driver, 23 people suffered personal injuries and required hospitalization. Other motorists who did not suffer serious injuries needed to be transported by bus to a warming center.
The article relayed accounts from several people on the scene. One driver, who was driving behind the truck with the fireworks, had to slam on his brakes, which resulted in him skidding. He stopped his pickup truck on the shoulder of the road and knew he needed to run away from the scene on foot. He said how he saw all of these trucks approaching and knew they wouldn’t stop. He left his truck and ran through the trees to get away from the danger. Another driver described how his Jeep became sandwiched in the front and rear. He then heard fireworks begin to explode and also ran away.
This accident exemplifies how dangerous it can be to drive in winter and how much extra caution is required to be safe. The Weather Channel offers several winter driving safety tips. While driving in snowy or icy conditions, make sure to slow down and drive smoothly. Driving too fast in such weather is the main cause of accidents in winter. How people drive can prevent accidents. Also, avoid abrupt acceleration, braking, and unnecessary lane changes. Also, be patient and expect that it will take longer to get to your destination, so be prepared for this by giving yourself extra time. It is also important to not go on the roads unless it is necessary. There is nothing wrong with staying in when the conditions are bad, and if you can postpone your plans, do so. If conditions become unsafe while driving, find a safe spot to pull over and keep safe.
Our attorneys empathize with those injured in this crash or those who felt they were in such grave danger that they needed to run away from the scene on foot in the snow and cold winter conditions. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident due to another’s negligence, we would be happy to talk with you about your situation. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your potential case.