A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report detailing an Illinois trucking accident that transpired on Interstate 80 earlier this week. According to BCRNews.com, the accident transpired when a semi tractor-trailer traveling westbound on I-80 struck the roadway’s center median, crossed the westbound lanes and subsequently overturned – coming to a rest on the driver’s side of the commercial vehicle. The truck driver remained trapped inside the vehicle and required extrication by local fire departments.
The truck driver sustained minor injuries in the accident and required advanced medical attention. Our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that is was later revealed that immediately prior to the destructive accident, the truck driver had started coughing and blacked out. Additionally, the accident caused the truck’s tanker – which contained a substantial amount of ethanol – to begin expelling a small amount of the liquid. Numerous crews, including a hazardous materials team, were called to the scene to help clear the wreckage. The driver has received a citation for improper lane usage.
Any Illinois truck accident lawyer will tell you that the United States Department of Transportation holds drivers of hazardous materials to strict regulations. These regulations are put in place to avoid the deadly accidents that often result from accidents involving these types of large commercial vehicles. The state of Illinois also provides regulations to the transportation of hazardous materials. Illinois has the ability to suspend or restrict a driver from transporting hazmat materials, as well as, impose a $10,000 fine to a driver or their employer if they are found in violation of federal or state regulations.
When drivers of large commercial vehicles cause motor vehicle accidents resulting in personal injury or even premature death through careless or negligent conduct, legal relief can often be sought by accident victims. Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident attorneys have provided skilled legal representation to those who have been harmed as the result of the wrongful or negligent conduct of others.
We hold truck drivers, as well as, their trucking companies liable for their failure to safety operate or maintain their large commercial vehicles. Victims of these types of accidents are often able to obtain compensation for various damages including: lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a large commercial vehicle accident, please contact our accident attorneys to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.