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Falling Logging Equipment from Tractor-Trailer Results in Fatality

A 40 year-old man was fatally injured in a devastating Illinois trucking accident that transpired earlier this week. According to STLToday.com, the accident victim was traveling along Champ Clark Bridge – which connects Missouri into Illinois – when logging equipment being hauled by a semi tractor-trailer traveling in front of the vehicle became unfastened and collided with the 40 year-olds passenger vehicle head-on.

Illinois State Police at the scene released a statement disclosing that despite the logging equipment, which has been described to look similar to an over-sized forklift, being properly secured by safety chains to the truck’s trailer … the chains broke when the Illinois semi truck driver struck the guardrail on the bridge.

The tragic collision caused the bridge to be closed for over six hours while authorities conducted a proper investigation and provided temporary repairs on the damaged guardrail. The 50 year-old Illinois semi truck driver has received a citation for improper lane usage – given that he left his lane and subsequently struck the bridge’s guardrail.
According to the news report, our Chicago trucking accident lawyers read that the semi truck driver may face additional charges due to the fact that the tractor-trailer may have been too wide for the narrow two-lane Champ Clark Bridge.

Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that when a large commercial vehicle travels with an unsecured load, the results can be potentially life-threatening and disastrous for drivers, passengers, as well as, their vehicles. A 2004 study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that well over 25,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year as a direct result of a semi tractor-trailer’s unsecured cargo.

Despite information provided in the previously mentioned news report that the driver of the commercial vehicle did have his cargo properly secured before colliding into the bridge’s guardrail, all commercial vehicle license holders are held to elevated standard of care levels that mandate that reasonable care be exercised in order to avoid any and all types of collisions.

If you have been involved in a collision involving a commercial vehicle’s unsecured load or have lost a loved one in a tragic Illinois trucking accident, please contact a Chicago accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti. With the Statute of Limitations in Illinois requiring that motor vehicle accident claims be filed within a two year period after the accident, it is important to seek experienced legal guidance as soon as possible.