Belleville News-Democrat Online released a news report earlier today detailing an Illinois trucking accident that occurred on Illinois 15. The report states that a passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on Illinois 15 near the intersection of 11th Street in Belleville when the vehicle slammed into the rear ended of a semi tractor-trailer. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the driver of the passenger vehicle required advanced medical attention for unknown injuries. The collision caused the right westbound lane of Illinois 15 to remain closed for several hours while local authorities investigated the accident.
According to a witness of the tractor-trailer impact, the accident transpired during severe traffic congestion. It is alleged that the driver of the passenger vehicle attempted to serve away from the truck prior to the collision. Fortunately, no other motor vehicles were involved in this collision and the driver of the tractor-trailer remained unharmed. Our Chicago trucking accident lawyers learned that the accident still remains under thorough investigation by Illinois police and no citations have been issues as of press time.
Although our Illinois trucking accident blog frequently reports the devastating effects of semi truck accidents caused by commercial vehicle drivers, often times the unsafe acts of passenger vehicle drivers causes the occurrence of these life-altering accidents. Even though drivers of commercial vehicles are held to an advanced standard of care when operating large trucks, passenger vehicle drivers also have an obligation to operate in a safe and lawful manner.
According to a study recently completed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every year over 40,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents – with over 5,000 of these fatalities resulting from collisions involving large commercial vehicles. Additional statistics reveal that large commercial vehicle drivers were held liable for these collisions about 44% of the time.
Every year, our accident lawyers in Chicago handle a variety of cases for clients who have had their lives turned upside down as the result of a motor vehicle collision. When the negligent driving of another vehicle results in severe injury or even death, civil litigation can often be sought. Accident victims may be able to obtain compensation for their damages that include but are not limited to: lost wages, medical expenses, physical and emotion pain and suffering, in addition to, punitive damages which aim to punish the negligent party’s wrongful behavior.
If you have been involved in an accident, please contact our experienced Chicago accident attorneys. Our lawyers will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available to you.