It takes a semi-truck up to 40% longer to come to a stop than an average car. Failing to bear this in mind seems to be one of the problems contributing to a collision between a truck and an Amtrak train that occurred on June 24 in Nevada.
Since the accident, several victims have already filed personal injury lawsuits. According to NBC Chicago, the suits were filed by two attendants on the train, one from Worth, Illinois, the other from Evanston, who were injured when the train was struck by a truck driven by an employee of the John Davis Trucking Company of Battle Mountain. According to allegations in the lawsuits, the truck driver ignored the crossing gates and warning signals and braked too late, causing his truck to skid into the side of the train.
Seven people were killed and others injured because of the truck driver’s negligence. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers see many cases involving negligent drivers and understand that these accidents can often result in death or significant injuries such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, broken bones, and even loss of life. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation – Traffic Safety, in 2008 there were 15,049 truck accidents in Cook County alone. In fact, truck crashes account for one of every eight automobile accident fatalities in Illinois.
In general, trucking accidents occur for one of two reasons: equipment failure or negligence on the part of the truck driver, which is significantly more common. If the latter is the case, a lawsuit can be brought against both the driver and the company who employs the driver. Though at first glance an accident might seem to only be the fault of the driver rather than the company, businesses who employ truck drivers have an obligation to make sure drivers are properly trained, that equipment satisfies required standards, and that conditions are as safe as possible (i.e., making sure trucks aren’t overloaded or oversized for the driver’s level of experience).