Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report posted on CantonDailyLedger.com detailing a tragic semi truck accident that has left one woman severely injured. The accident in question transpired along Illinois Route 116 at roughly 8:30 a.m. It is reported that the 30-year-old accident victim was traveling westbound when her vehicle drifted into the eastbound land and collided head-on with a semi tractor-trailer. As a result of the accident, the woman was air lifted to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where she is currently listed in fair condition.
Additionally, our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that upon impact, a fuel tank located along side of the semi tractor-trailer was punctured – ultimately resulting is a severe fuel spill. The driver’s side of the semi truck also sustained major damage. However, the cab of the truck was not heavily impacted and the semi truck driver remained unharmed in the accident. It took roughly three hours for tow truck works and cleanup crew to contain the fuel spill and clear the wreckage from the destructive Illinois trucking accident. The 30-year-old woman has received a ticket for improper lane usage.
Although our Illinois trucking accident blog commonly reports on the dangers associated with unsafe travel of semi truck drivers, often times drivers of small passenger vehicles can be equally responsible for accidents involving large commercial vehicles. In order to help drivers protect themselves against the perils that often result from trucking accidents, our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti continue to encourage drivers to:
– Always drive at a safe speed – Adjust speed to accommodate adverse roadway conditions – Always use your turn signals – Avoid cutting of a semi truck at all costs – they take significantly longer to break – Maintain a minimum four-second following distance from semi trucks
In the unfortunate case you have been involved in a trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Recently, our attorneys obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a Huntley, Illinois, family who sustained severe and fatal injuries in a tragic semi truck accident. Through our investigation, it was determined that the semi truck driver was operating under the influence of marijuana, as well as, a overload tractor-trailer.
Please contact an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney for a free consultation.