Recently, a Chicago truck accident lawyer in our office read a report on MorrisDailyHerald.com detailing a collision between two large commercial vehicles that shut down Interstate 80 near Minooka, Illinois. According to the news report, the accident transpired when a semi tractor-trailer that had been previously disabled alongside of the roadway attempted to re-enter the interstate highway. Upon entering the roadway, the semi tractor-trailer struck another semi truck that was traveling on the roadway – ultimately pushing both vehicles into the interstate’s median.
The semi truck driver who caused the collision remained unharmed while the driver of the second commercial vehicle required advanced medical attention and has been treated for non life-threatening injuries. Both of the semi tractor-trailers sustained serious damage to the vehicles as a result of the accident and had to be towed. The accident caused eastbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 124 to remain closed for over an hour and a half while roadway crews cleaned the wreckage. The driver has been cited for improper parking on a roadway, as well as, failing to yield for merging traffic.
According to the Illinois vehicle code, an article found within the Illinois Compiled Statutes, commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to report any traffic violations to the Secretary of State. Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that since the induction of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, each and every person who has been issued an Illinois non-resident Commercial Driver’s License or who is domiciled in the state of Illinois and drivers a commercial motor vehicle is found in violation of a law or local ordinance on any state relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than parking violations) is required to notify the Secretary of State. Drivers are required to notify the Secretary of State by means of form detailing the violation within 30 days after the date of conviction.
Illinois adopted the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act in order to implement the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. Both of these regulations aim to either reduce or prevent commercial motor vehicle accidents, fatalities, and injuries by:
– Permitting commercial vehicle drivers to hold only one driver’s license – Disqualifying commercial drivers who have committed certain serious traffic violations or another specified offense – Strengthening commercial driver licensing and testing standards
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our experienced accident attorneys in Chicago to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.