Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report posted on OrlandoSentinel.com detailing a disastrous semi truck accident. According to the news article, the accident in question transpired when a semi tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle were traveling along an interstate highway. The passenger vehicle was traveling well below the posted speed limit of 65 miles per hour due to mechanical problems within her vehicle. However, a semi truck traveling behind the vehicle failed to notice the driver’s reduction in speed and the driver subsequently braked and steered to the right to avoid the passenger vehicle. As a result, the semi tractor-trailer jackknifed as it entered the emergency lane.
The 34-year-old driver of the passenger vehicle sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident while the semi truck driver remained unharmed. The wreckage caused traffic to remain stalled for more than an hour along the interstate highway as clean-up crews attempted to clear the scene. Our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that as a result of the accident, the semi truck driver has been charged with careless driving for his role in the jackknife collision.
Any Chicago trucking accident attorney will tell you that when these types of accidents involving large commercial vehicles transpire – the results can be particularly devastating and life-altering. Give the fact that semi tractor-trailers are built, maintained and driven substantially different than any other type of vehicle and can weight upwards of 80,000 pounds, their ability to cause significant damage upon impact is dramatic. With over 500,000 personal injuries resulting each and every year from trucking accidents involving large commercial vehicles – according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – commercial vehicle drivers and their trucking carriers must exhibit the utmost standard of care during operation – including the oversee of driver operation.
In the tragic event that you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent large commercial vehicle driver, please contact us at Levin & Perconti as soon as possible. Our accident attorneys in Chicago have expertly handled a wide variety of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, including those involving tractor-trailers. We ensure that our clients are properly and adequately compensated for the damages they have sustained as a direct result of their accident. These damages include but are not limited to: loss of wages, medical expenses, as well as, any physical and emotion pain and suffering.