Recently, a two vehicle collision left one driver moderately injured on U.S. 34, according to the Galesburg Register-Mail. The 21 year old driver of an automobile made a sharp left turn in front of a semi-truck, leaving the driver of the semi not enough time to stop. The collision sent the automobile into a ditch along the highway and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital. In the aftermath of the accident, it was discovered that the driver of the motor vehicle not only failed to wear his safety belt, but was under the influence of alcohol.
While an automobile accident of any type is truly misfortunate, driving under the influence should never be tolerated. According to DUI.com, in 2009 alone Illinois made a total of 4,341 DUI arrests which was surprisingly down from the year before. Illinois residents should never operate a vehicle intoxicated and always have a sober driver. In addition to abstaining from driving under the influence, drivers need to take proper precautions when sharing the road with semi-trucks. Drive-Safely.net provides many useful tips to avoid accidents such as this one. One tip the website stresses is the importance of giving semi-drivers a lot of room. Tire blow outs, as well as, shifts in the truck frequently occur and if a driver is not careful they may become a victim of a collision.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys frequently deal with accidents involving an array of vehicles. While many times a semi-truck/automobile accident is the result of a negligent semi driver, it is not always the case. It is important that all drivers respect each other, learn to share the road, and never operate a vehicle while intoxicated. With the summer months upon us and the increase in vehicles on the highway, driver safety should be the number one concern in order to prevent future accidents such as this one.