Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have often discussed on this blog the increased damage typically experienced in accidents involving semi trucks and trailers. That is one of the main reasons why steps should be taken at all times to limit the risk of becoming a victim of one of these crashes. That reality was bore out last week in another Chicago-area truck crash, this time in Plainfield, that ultimately sent six people to nearby hospitals with severe injuries.
The Tribune Local reported on the details of the truck crash. The multi-vehicle collision began with the actions of a construction truck. The driver of that vehicle was traveling on Route 30on Monday evening, around 6:30pm, near the intersection of Heggs Road. The construction truck eventually crossed the center line and struck a pick-up up that was heading in the opposite direction. The negligent driver then hit a second car, before colliding with a semi-truck.
Following that third collision, the semi-truck caught on fire. In the aftermath the construction truck driver had to be extricated from his vehicle and was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The driver of the semi, his passenger, and the driver of the pick-up truck were also taken to local hospitals in critical condition. Several others involved had other injuries and were brought to nearby emergency rooms.
Crashes like this occur with startlingly frequency when one driver happens to cross a center line and causes untold damage. Be sure to take every precaution to avoid drifting and always be on the lookout for fellow drivers who may be failing to heed similar safety practices.