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Chicago Trucker Killed in Highway Crash

The Standard Speaker discussed the truck crash last week involving the death of a Chicago trucker following an accident on Interstate 81. The accident occurred early in the morning, shortly before 6:00am last Tuesday. The truck driver was traveling along Interstate 81 near mile marker 103. He was heading north while hauling a refrigerated trailer carrying fruits in his 2001 Peterbuilt tractor truck.

The crash struck when the driver, for reasons yet unknown, drifted onto the right shoulder of the road, one mile south of the exit to Ravine. While on the shoulder the truck hit the guardrail and rode along it for nearly200 yards. Eventually the truck tipped onto the passenger side, continuing to skid along the guardrail while sideways before coming to a stop.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time. He was thrown from the vehicle in the middle of the crash and died as a result.

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the deadly crash. Towing crews have pulled the truck back to a local garage. Investigators are now examining the machine’s brakes and other important components to determine if their malfunction contributed to the accident.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are saddened by all truck crashes that take the lives of the drivers of the large machines or other individuals near the road. There is no question that these crashes are tragedies that should be avoided at all costs. Sometimes an accident can occur without warning or clear fault. However, often upon further investigation, there are problems that can be identified which may have prevented the deadly accident. It is important to contact a truck crash lawyer to help you sort through these issues if you have been involved in any of these crashes.

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