NBCChicago.com posted a report detailing an Illinois semi truck accident that transpired late light night on Interstate 94 near Cottage Grove Avenue. The accident occurred at around 11:15 p.m. when a passenger vehicle traveling in the southbound lane changed lanes and suddenly decreased speed in front of a semi tractor-trailer to avoid a motor vehicle accident. The semi truck was unable to slow down in time to avoid collision and ultimately struck the passenger vehicle. After striking the passenger vehicle, the semi truck attempted to swerve and subsequently overturned.
Drivers of both vehicles were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries that were deemed non-life threatening. It took well over 5 hours to roadway crews to clean up the destructive accident. Fortunately, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read, that none of the semi truck’s cargo of hazardous material was expelled onto the roadway as a result of the accident. According to Illinois State Police, citations for this accident are still pending as of this morning.
When a semi truck collision occurs with a commercial vehicle containing a shipment of hazardous materials, the results are often times extremely life-threatening. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials in large commercial vehicles every day on our roadways. These hazardous materials mainly consist of flammable liquids, such as gasoline of other flammable gases. Of those 800,000 shipments, about 200 hazardous materials trucks are involved in fatal semi truck accidents, while 5,000 are involved in nonfatal accidents each year.
Although the number of injury-resulting or fatal crashes attributed to hazardous material carrying semi tractor-trailers is relatively small compared to the number of large commercial vehicles that are involved in fatal crashes annual, the potential for human injury, as well as, property damage in hazardous material crashes is significantly greater.
If you or a loved one have suffered personal injury or a tragic loss as a direct result of an Illinois semi truck accident, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for the damages sustained. These damages include, but are not limited to, compensatory damages which seek to provide the accident victim compensation for a particular loss or injury that was sustained as a direct result of the unlawful conduct of another. Additionally, in certain situations punitive damages, which intend to punish the wrongdoer for their negligent or careless conduct, may be awarded.
In the event of a motor vehicle accident, please contact our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers to see what legal rights and remedies may be available to you.