Our Illinois truck accident lawyers recently read on Fox59.com another devastating account of a fatality resulting from a semi truck colliding with a disabled roadside vehicle. A small passenger vehicle had stopped on the shoulder of a busy interstate highway to change a flat tire when another vehicle stopped to help provide the vehicle assistance. Although both vehicles were completely off the roadway and had enabled their hazard lights, an oncoming commercial vehicle drove onto the shoulder, striking the driver of the vehicle who had stopped to provide assistance and killing him instantly.
The other drivers also sustained injuries as a result of flying debris due to the collision. Local authorities state that the investigation is ongoing and that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the accident. The driver of the semi truck, as well as, his vehicle have been placed “out of service” for multiple violations. These violations include failure to maintain a logbook and a deficiency with the air brake connections.
When a large commercial vehicle collides with a disabled vehicle, the results are almost always tragic. Due to the sheer size and weight of semi trucks, a collision at any speed – especially with a stopped vehicle – will cause severe injury and often times death. With that in mind, when a semi truck is carelessly or negligently operated — it is not only against the law but it is also an extreme safety hazard to our roadways.
Semi truck drivers are required under state and federal law to adhere to the rules and regulations provide by such administrations as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These rules are established to maintain safe roadways and prevent the thousands of injuries and deaths that result from semi truck accidents each year. These rules also require that semi truck drivers adhere to a minimum standard of care in order to maintain the safe operation of their vehicle. A semi truck accident caused by a violation of these standards is grounds for negligence.
Unsafe carriers and their drivers need to be held legally responsible for their negligent operation. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, please contact a Chicago truck accident attorney. Our experienced attorneys are well versed in federal and state trucking laws and can help accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve from the damages sustained as the direct result of a negligent semi truck accident.