A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm recently read a news report by Morrisdailyherald.com detailing a four semi-truck accident that occurred last month in La Salle County. A semi truck driver was killed on Interstate 80 at milepost 102 after backup from one accident on the highway caused a second chain reaction accident with not only the driver’s semi, but three additional semi trucks.
At about 6:15am, Illinois State Police received a call about a three-vehicle accident between two passenger cars and a semitrailer in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate. In this accident, the semi driver sustained minor injuries, and the drivers of the passenger cars remained unharmed. But because of the backup from this accident, a second much more severe accident occurred about a mile behind.
According to a press release from state police, a 63 year-old semi driver of Evergreen, Illinois hit the already stopped semi from the first accident, which caused a chain reaction. His truck, consisting of double trailers, traveled into the next lane and hit a second semi truck, driven by a 46-year old of Chana, Illinois. That truck was then pushed into a third semi truck, which then hit a fourth semi truck, both driven by 45-year olds from out of state.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Seneca Fire and Ambulance teams rushed to the scene. The report states that the Evergreen driver was pronounced dead upon impact by the La Salle County Coroner’s office. The driver of the second semi truck was taken to Morris Hospital by ambulance, but was treated and released. The other two semi truck drivers did not report any injuries. According to state police, eastbound lanes of the I-80 were closed as a result of the accident, and were re-opened later in the afternoon after both accidents were cleared. The second accident was thoroughly investigated by state police and the La Salle County Coroner’s office.
As our Illinois truck accident lawyers have discussed in previous blogs, chain reaction collisions can cause serious injury and life altering consequences to those involved. If these collisions include semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles similar to the accident reported above, the likelihood of a serious injury greatly increases. While a backup from a previous accident was the cause of this particular chain reaction, others usually occur due to tailgating and failing to maintain a safe distance from others on the roadway. Thus, it is important to always keep your eyes moving to remain aware of other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and street signs. Allowing a proper distance in between you and the vehicle in front of you is crucial. Heavier vehicles like semi trucks and trailers require longer distances. Rule of thumb, if you know you wouldn’t be able to stop your vehicle within the distance you are following another, then you are most likely driving way too close.
Chain reaction accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and cause serious injuries to those involved, especially if they involve semi trucks. If another motorist suddenly brakes or there is a stall in traffic, keeping a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you, as well as properly maintaining your own vehicle, will not only help to keep you safe, but will help to prevent accidents and injury to others on the road. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a trucking accident. Pease contact our Illinois truck accident attorneys to find out what rights may be available to you. We are willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse is available to you, and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.