On Monday, the Pekin Times website reported that a 70-year-old woman died instantly in an Illinois trucking accident on Route 9 in Mackinaw. According to the coroner who investigated the scene, the victim died instantly when a westbound semi-truck collided with her vehicle. There was no word on what caused the collision, but accident reconstructionists were called to the scene.
According to the Truck Safety Coalition, a group dedicated to decreasing the number of trucking accident related injuries and deaths, from 2001 to 2008, there were 1,356 people killed in accidents involving large trucks. Obviously, the sheer size and weight of tractor trailer trucks increase the risk of serious personal injuries, or even death. Therefore it is crucial for drivers of passenger cars and truck drivers to practice safe and smart driving when sharing the road.
For drivers, it is important to remember that it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicle who are injured in car-truck crashes. Therefore, you should operate your vehicle carefully and remember a few tips. First, our Chicago accident lawyers recommend that you wear your safety belt at all times, even when there aren’t larger vehicles on the road. Second, you should be careful to never try to cut off a truck or move suddenly into the truck’s lane. Trucks cannot stop as quickly as passenger vehicles, so you risk a rear-end collision. Always use your signal when passing a truck, and make sure you are far enough ahead of the truck before entering the lane. Also, do not drive in a truck’s blind spots. These danger areas lie in the back, sides and front of the truck. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot see the truck’s operator, he or she cannot see you so move quickly to avoid a collision.
For truckers, it is important to avoid driving if you are extremely tired. Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving because it slows down a driver’s reaction time considerably. Truckers should also maintain a lookout for smaller vehicles at all times, and allow enough space between vehicles to allow for safe stopping. Additionally, trucks should operate at safe speed levels.
Trucking accidents can have devastating effects on the lives of victims and their families. Therefore, it is important to practice safe driving techniques to reduce your risk for serious personal injury or death. As Illinois injury attorneys, we have unfortunately seen too many cases where clients have been seriously injured or killed because of preventable mistakes. We stand by the belief that wrongdoers should be held accountable when innocent victims die as a result of negligence, and vow to help victims achieve justice.