Recently, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read a report in the Pantagraph detailing a destructive Illinois semi truck accident that left eight people injured. The accident, which occurred on Interstate 74 in Peoria, ensued as a result of one semi truck’s failure to slow down due to traffic congestion. Illinois State Police arrived on the scene of an RV fire which caused the initial traffic congestion. A semi truck containing a cargo of meat failed to notice the slowed down traffic and collided with the semi truck in front of it.
Upon collision, the second semi trucking carrying a load of steel crashed into three passenger vehicles. The semi truck that caused the initial collision ignited as a result of the accident and the driver was trapped inside the cab. A state trooper was one of the eight people injured. The semi truck driver who caused the collision was cited by police for reckless driving, following too closely, as well as, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation – especially if committed by the operator of a semi truck. A 2011 analysis of semi truck driver violations conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides shocking information to just how prevalent truck violations are. It was found that in the United States, over 10,026 semi truck violations occurred as a result of a semi truck following too closely. It was also found that over 41,839 semi truck violations were for excessive speed.
Our Chicago accident attorneys have extensive experience handling semi truck accidents caused by negligent truck drivers. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of an Illinois family who sustained severe damages as the result of a negligent semi truck driver. It was found that the driver of the semi truck was operating under the influence of marijuana, in addition to, operating an overloaded vehicle. This devastating semi truck accident caused severe injuries to a father and a son and caused the death of their wife and mother. Like the example above, the semi in our client’s case collided with their vehicle while they were stopped in traffic.
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys are proud to provide legal representation to those whose lives have been turned upside down as the result a semi truck accident. Semi truck drivers must heed to a standard of care by operating their vehicles safely. Any violation can constitute negligence if a death results from the accident. If you have been a victim in this type of accident, or have lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, you may be able to seek compensation as a result of your injuries or loss of a family member. Please contact us to discuss what legal rights may be available to you.