Earlier today, our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys read a report on 9news.com detailing a destructive semi truck accident that resulted in the collision of 11 vehicles. Authorities states that a semi truck was traveling along an interstate highway when the truck’s cargo of organic soil began leaking from the trailer. Although the soil is not considered a hazardous material, it did cause the roadways to become unmanageably slick – resulting in numerous collisions. Seven individuals involved in the collisions were transported to a local hospital for sustained injuries. Authorities have been unable to trace the semi truck that caused the leak and asserted that the trucking company and the driver may face charges for the spilled load.
An improperly secured commercial vehicle load can often prove disastrous for surrounding vehicles and our roadways. According to the Driver’s Handbook created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, cargo being transported on highways must remain secured on or within the transporting vehicle. Cargo must always remain secured so that it will not: leak, spill, expel off vehicle, and/or shift. An improperly secured load can consequently cause severe devastation such as: loss of load, damage to cargo or vehicle, accidents, fines and citations, and often times death.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released a study which detailed the risks associated with the transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous materials by commercial vehicles. The study found that in semi truck accidents caused by non-hazardous material, such as organic soil, result in over 125,000 accidents each year. Of the 125,000 non-hazardous material accidents, it was reported that over 109,000 accidents resulted in injuries while 5,000 resulted in fatalities. Additionally, cargo spills account for over 2,500 accidents each year.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers recognize the immediate threat that often results from an accident caused by the contents of a commercial vehicle. Many times, even if extreme caution is exercised by the drivers of passenger vehicles around large commercial vehicles – an improperly secured load can cause severe and life-threatening damages. If you or a loved one has sustained harm or even death as a result of an improperly secured truck load, you may be able to seek compensation for damages incurred. Please contact a truck accident attorney in Chicago for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.