Our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys recently read an article on KAJ18.com describing a fatal semi truck accident that took the life of the semi truck driver and left two other individuals critically injured. While the cause of the accident is currently still under investigation, local authorities state that the accident occurred when a semi truck rolled over along an interstate highway. The two vehicles traveling behind the semi truck subsequently crashed into the rolled over semi truck. The driver of the semi truck was pronounced dead at the scene and the drivers of the other passenger vehicles were taken to the local hospital – with conditions currently unknown. Local authorities do confirm that speed played a role in the semi truck rollover and an investigation is being conducted into whether the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, it makes it increasingly difficult to control and maneuver these large vehicles – especially when operating at increased speed. With the state of Illinois recently increasing the speed limit for commercial vehicles from 55 mph to 65 mph, we may be seeing an unfortunate increase in semi truck accidents due to speed. Even though semi truck drivers are trained to operate such large vehicles, sometimes a minor driver error can have substantial consequences resulting in injury or even death. A 2009 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported that 12,545 deaths resulted in an increase in speeds limits throughout the United States between 1995 and 2005.
Drivers of large commercial vehicles are required by federal and state law to safely operate their vehicle and exercise a reasonable level of care on our roadways. More often than not, failure to safely operate a semi truck increases the likelihood of accidents involving injury or death. These types of accidents include those involving drunk or hit-and-run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers, in addition to, accidents occurring from semi truck collision and rollovers. In a court of law, drivers who carelessly operate their vehicle may be held legally liable for negligence if they caused an accident resulting in the harm of another person.
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys share comprehensive knowledge when handling any and all types of motor vehicle accidents. Victims of these types of accident may be able to seek legal relief from the damages they have incurred as a result of another’s negligence and carelessness. These damages include: cost of medical expenses, loss of wages, in addition to, physical and emotional pain. Those who knowingly commit negligent acts should be held legally responsible for the various harms they inflict. If you or someone you know has been affected by an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact an Illinois accident attorney for a free consultation to see what legal rights may be available to you.