A preliminary hearing for the semi truck driver who caused the death of another driver in an Illinois semi truck accident earlier this month has received a felony charge of accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed to drive. In a report published by CentreDaily.com, the accident transpired when the semi truck driver rear-ended a dump driver on Interstate 80 in Marion Township. The collision caused the dump truck to driver off the road and caused a subsequent roll-over. Although the 24-year-old driver of the dump truck was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, he was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering substantial internal bleeding due to a lung laceration.
Yesterday, an Illinois district judge found a considerable amount of evidence to bind over the charges to trial, due to the fact that it would have had to take a significant impact to force the dump truck off the road. An accident reconstruction specialist, who testified at the preliminary hearing, stated that the semi’s tractor-trailer was overweight, in addition to, having brake issues at the time of the Illinois semi truck accident. Additional evidence, such as toxicology results of the semi truck driver are still pending. The semi truck driver is currently being held on a $150,000 straight bail.
The risk of a large commercial vehicle accident resulting in death and/or serious injury progressively increases with each extra ton of weight over the 80,000 pound federal legal limit the vehicle maintains. According to research conducted at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, even when a semi truck weighs the legal 80,000 pounds, it is more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a truck weighing about 50,000 pounds. Additionally, large commercial vehicles weighing the legal limit or over require a substantial amount of stopping time – subsequently often resulting in collisions due to inability to stop in time.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers share extensive knowledge and experience when handling devastating Illinois semi truck accidents such as this one. We continue to provide legal representation to those whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of a semi truck accident. Negligent semi truck drivers and their trucking companies need to be held responsible for the harm they have inflicted by means of compensatory and punitive damages. If you or someone you know has been severely injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident, please contact an Illinois semi truck accident attorney to see what legal rights may be available to you.