An accident outside of Gurnee near Six Flags Great America injured sixteen people last Friday morning, according to Chicagotribune.com. Families and children traveling to the state theme park were stunned to see the six-vehicle crash and six ambulances that had responded to the scene. A truck accident attorney at our firm learned that the accident took place on I-94 at mile marker 9.5 near Grand Avenue, just north of Washington Street.
The accident was allegedly the result of a chain reaction collision involving three SUV’s, two passenger vehicles, and one semi truck that was hauling a trailer. Preliminary investigations of the accident determined that five vehicles were stopped in traffic in the far two right lanes of the interstate. The semi-truck was driving behind them and was unable to reduce speed. He then struck the rear of one of the vehicles, causing it to push into the others in front of it.
Gurnee Fire Department Chief reported that paramedics responded to the scene immediately and transported sixteen victims to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Of those victims, three were in critical condition and two were airlifted from the medical center via Flight for Life to another hospital in Park Ridge. The thirteen remaining patients, who included both adults and children, ranged from fair to serious condition. Illinois State Police say that all of the patients were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
Traffic on I-94 was backed up to Route 137 as police shut down several lanes in order to complete their investigation; all lanes were reopened four hours later. Daily Herald recently reported that many of the victims have been released from the medical center, and no charges have been filed.
From the perspective of our lawyers, chain reactions collisions can happen in a matter of seconds. The results can be life altering to those involved, especially if the collisions involve semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Serious injuries, medical expenses, property damage, or the losses of loved ones are just a few of the possible consequences that victims may experience.
We want to take this opportunity to warn all motorists to drive attentively and to remain aware of other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and street signs at all times. Allowing a proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is absolutely crucial. Although the causes of the above accident have yet to be determined, proper distances are especially needed if you drive a heavier vehicle like a semi truck or semi-trailer. If another motorist suddenly brakes or there is a stall in traffic, keeping a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you will help to keep you safe and ultimately prevent accidents and injuries to others.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident due to the negligence of another motorist, seeking qualified legal representation is advised. Our law firm is willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse is available to you and is prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us for more information.