NBCChicago.com recently released a news report detailing an Illinois trucking accident that resulted in one fatality. The report reveals that the devastating accident transpired early Friday morning in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. Local authorities state that as a result of slowed traffic from a prior accident, a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound was unable to stop in time and “plowed” into the traffic ahead of him. The accident caused a chain reaction, striking a total of three additional semi tractor-trailers. The driver of the semi truck who caused the accident was pronounced dead at the scene.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that large commercial vehicles, which weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, carry a substantial risk on our roadways. Not only do these semi tractor-trailers take substantially longer to break, they are more prone to rollover accidents. Additionally these types of vehicles can cause considerable structural damage to bridges and roadways. According to statistics gathered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of truck-related deaths and injuries each year cause significant financial burdens – with the cost of large truck accidents exceeding $19 billion annually.
Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have represented clients who have sustained severe injury or harm as a result of any and all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving semi tractor-trailers. Operators of large commercial vehicles have an increased responsibility to safety operate their vehicle in order to prevent the occurrence of serious and debilitating accidents.
When large commercial vehicle drivers operate in a negligent way that causes an accident, they may be held legally liable in civil court for damages sustained. Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys will tell you that these damages include, but are not limited to: medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that aim to punish he wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
Large truck accidents can be particularly devastating and may cause severe personal injury and even premature fatality. 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 an Illinois truck accident attorney at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.