Earlier today, IndyStar.com released a news report revealing the premature death of an Illinois semi truck driver who was killed when his disabled commercial vehicle was struck by another semi truck along Interstate 70. A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our office read the report which detailed how the accident transpired early this morning at around 7:30 a.m. According to preliminary reports, a large commercial vehicle being operated by a 60 year-old truck driver jackknifed on the wet interstate highway and collided into a disabled semi tractor-trailer that was parked alongside of the shoulder.
The collision caused the disabled semi truck to collide into the tow truck that was attempting to tow the disabled semi truck away. Both of the drivers of the tow truck, as well as, the semi truck driver were standing outside of their vehicles at the time of the collision. The driver of the tow truck was able to move aside before the collision but in an unfortunate turn of events, the driver of the disabled semi truck was pinned between the vehicles as a result of the accident and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident caused the eastbound lanes of the interstate highway to remain close for several hours while the scene was cleared and an investigation conducted. According to the report, local authorities revealed that the main causation factor for a majority of the crashes was motorists traveling too fast for the slick conditions of the roadway. Additionally, witnesses revealed that the large commercial vehicle that jackknifed appeared to be going faster than the other motor vehicles on the roadway.
Even though the operators of large commercial vehicles are required to adhere to the strict rules and regulations enacted by our state and federal governments, Illinois trucking accidents continue to occur each and every day. These accidents commonly result in devastating injuries and more often – untimely death.
These accidents are commonly caused by the careless or negligent operation of vehicles that require the utmost care during travel. In a civil court of law, truck drivers and their companies are often found legally liable for negligence or wrongful death in semi truck accidents that result in the injury or fatality of another.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact a Chicago truck accident attorney to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.