An Illinois trucking accident involving ten vehicles transpired in northwest suburban Palatine earlier this morning – according to a report posted on SunTimes.com. At around 4 a.m. this morning, nine cars and a semi truck collided on southbound Route 53 at Northwest Highway. Although the cause of the accident remains unknown, Illinois State Police believe slick roadway conditions was the leading contributing factor in the multi-vehicle collision. Two of the drivers involved in the accident sustained non life-threatening injuries that required medical attention. The collision closed down lanes for several hours while roadway crews cleaned up the wreckage which allegedly involved the semi truck hanging over the edge of the highway.
Although the report does not confirm which of the ten vehicles involved in the collision caused the initial impact, research continuously shows that large commercial vehicles are highly susceptible to accidents due to adverse road conditions. In 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation Study to examine the reasons for serious accidents involving large trucks. The study found environmental, as well as, driver factors plays a significant role in trucking accidents around the country. In 2007, over 32,000 truck accidents were attributed to truck drivers traveling too fast for roadway conditions and an additional 29,000 truck accidents were caused by environmental roadway problems.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers know that the past few weeks have brought on an overabundance of adverse roadway conditions that make it difficult for drivers to safely travel. Now more than ever safety habits during vehicle operation must be implemented in order to avoid a devastating motor vehicle accident resulting in injury or even death. This winter, our attorneys urge readers to always reduce speed to adapt to roadway conditions, avoid driving fatigued, always ensure vehicle’s tire inflation, as well as, always wearing a safety belt. In the event that roadway conditions become too difficult for travel, avoid driving at all costs. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to travel during the winter months.
In the event that you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, it is important to contact our experienced accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our accident lawyers in Chicago provide a free initial consultation to accident victims to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available.