The News Tribune recently wrote about a traffic accident that involved six cars, including several large semitrailers on Illinois interstate 80.
Kevin Haeffner was driving a semi truck at about 2:20 in the afternoon when he lost control of the vehicle while traveling eastbound on I-80. While out of control the truck slammed into another semi that was stopped and disabled on the side of the road. The accident caused the semi driven by Haeffner to overturn and spill its meat cargo.
The truck crash backed up traffic for several miles around the scene of the accident. Only twenty minutes after the crash, another semi was pulling up to the slowed down traffic area and was unable to stop in time. This semitrailer driven by Rex Davis hit three other vehicles that were stopped in traffic. This second accident caused severe damage to the vehicles hit by the truck. The local fire chief indicated that one of the cars was still stuck underneath the semi when they arrived. Rescue crews were forced to conduct extensive extraction maneuvers to free two passengers trapped in their vehicles.
All told the driver of the initial semi, Kevin Haeffner, the driver of a vehicle in the second crash, and his fourteen year old daughter were all injured in the accident and were still in the hospital at the time of the report.
As this situation suggests, some of the most dangerous locations on our highways are the areas where high speed traffic is forced to slow down quickly. Our truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are all too familiar with the damage that is caused at these locations, especially by large vehicles like semitrailers. If you have been involved in an accident with one of these machines, please contact our truck crash attorneys today to learn more about your legal rights.