Late Friday evening, a fatal Illinois trucking accident occurred on Interstate 64 in southern Illinois, resulting in one death and five injuries. According to the news report, the interstate highway was particularly icy yesterday evening, causing a substantial threat to the roadways. The three-car accident transpired when a semi tractor-trailer struck a passenger vehicle – subsequently killing a backseat passenger of the motor vehicle and sending the car’s driver and three other passengers to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. An additional passenger vehicle was also involved and injured in the trucking collision. The semi truck driver remained uninjured in the accident. Local authorities are attributing the crash to the severe weather and no citations have been issued as of press time.
Illinois winter weather often causes an increasing number of motor vehicle accidents, particularly Illinois trucking accidents. Under current trucking rules and regulations, semi truck drivers are required to change their driving habits in order to adapt with weather and roadway conditions. However, a number of drivers continue to operate in a careless manner, even on snowy and icy interstate highways. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents have continued on the rise in the past few years. In 2010, there were over 500,000 trucking accidents that resulted in serious injury, while 5,000 resulted in fatality.
Each and every year, our experienced accident lawyers in Chicago provide legal representation to the victims of any and all types of motor vehicle accidents, including Illinois trucking accidents. Our attorneys recently obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a Huntley, Illinois family who sustained a particularly devastating loss and substantial injuries as the direct result of a negligent semi truck driver. During the crash investigation, it was revealed that in addition to the semi truck driver’s excessive speed, the driver was also under the influence of marijuana and operating an overloaded trailer at the time of the fatal accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision involving a large commercial vehicle, it is extremely important to have knowledgeable legal professionals working on your case. Our Chicago trucking accident lawyers will help evaluate your case and determine the best course of civil legal action. Personal injuries or wrongful death claims often cause substantial hardship and our Illinois truck accident attorneys ensure that our clients obtain the maximum compensation for damages incurred as the result of a semi truck collision, as well as, hold the wrongdoer accountable for their negligent conduct.