A large commercial vehicle transporting a trailer containing 30,000 pounds of scrap metal expelled onto the Stevenson Expressway earlier this week as a result of an Illinois trucking accident. According to the news report, posted on ChicagoTribune.com, the accident transpired around 3:15 a.m. Thursday at the bottom of the ramp leading from outbound Stevenson when the semi tractor-trailer fell onto its side in an attempt to merge onto the Expressway. As a subsequent result of the accident, the truck’s cargo of metal covered the entire roadway.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the rollover took Illinois State Police, as well as, the Illinois Department of Transportation several hours to clear the scrap metal from the Expressway. State police were required to reroute traffic on the roadway in order to alleviate congestion. The semi truck driver and his passenger sustained no serious injuries as a result of the accident. The crash remains under investigation and as of press time, the driver has received no citations.
Any Illinois truck accident attorney will tell you that proper securement of cargo is a top priority for semi truck drivers, as well as, their trucking carriers. Current regulations for cargo securement provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require that drivers adhere to the following rules and procedures:
– Articles must be prevented from shifting on or within, or falling from commercial motor vehicles – All vehicle structures, systems, parts and components used to secure cargo must be in proper working order when used to perform that function with no damaged or weakened components that could adversely affect the truck’s performance.
– Increase the use of tie downs or cargo securement devices other than those currently in use – All rules are applicable to trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds
The experienced Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have effectively handled a variety of motor vehicle accidents, including Illinois trucking accidents. Due to the sheer size and weight of large commercial vehicles, any type of collision has the potential for devastating or life-altering consequences. Accident victims almost always sustain serious injuries including, but not limited to: broken bones, loss of limbs, in addition to, injuries to the brain and spinal cord.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Illinois, please contact one of our experienced accident attorneys for a free consultation to see what legal rights may be available to you.