A 41-year-old Aurora truck driver has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from an Illinois trucking accident on Interstate 355 earlier this week. According to a news report, posted on NewLenox.Patch.com, the tractor-trailer was traveling down a ramp from southbound Interstate 355 toll-way to eastbound Interstate 80 when the truck’s trailer subsequently tipped over at around 11 p.m. The large commercial vehicle, transporting a cargo of frozen food products, ultimately came to rest on its side – causing all lanes of traffic to remain closed until roughly around 8 a.m.
In a statement released by the Illinois State Police, it was revealed that the truck’s trailer was breached, so some of the product was dislodged. However, it was not ultimately lost from the trailer itself. A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm learned that the 41-year-old semi truck driver was ultimately charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving too fast for conditions, as well as, improper lane usage. It was reported that the truck driver has “no recollection of the accident.”
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that any time a large commercial vehicle driver operates an 80,000 pound truck under the influence of alcohol – the results are almost always significantly tragic and life-altering. Under current regulations provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large commercial vehicle drivers are not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages within four hours of his/her shift. Additionally, a trucking carrier is not permitted to allow a truck driver to driver if it appears that the driver has used alcohol within four hours of their shift.
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a drunken semi truck driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages incurred as the result of the truck driver and his/her company’s negligence. Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti have expertly handled a number of personal injury and wrongful death claims – including Illinois trucking accidents – and ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. Accident victims may obtain compensation for various damages including: loss of wages, medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, in addition to, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
Please contact an experienced accident attorney in Chicago as soon as possible to help evaluate your case.