An Illinois truck accident attorney at our firm recently read a report about a collision involving a semi tractor-trailer and a Madison County Transit bus in Granite City on Tuesday evening. Kmov.com reported that the bus was stopped at a light going northbound on Route 3 at the intersection with Chain of Rocks Road, just south of Interstate 270. A semi truck then rear-ended the bus, sending it into a pick up truck in front of it. As a result, the bus skidded about seventy-five yards into a ditch, while the semi swerved to the right side of the rode and struck a set of overhead traffic lights. The cab of the truck then fell on its side into a ditch, while the trailer remained upright.
The report states that emergency crews quickly responded to the scene, including the Granite City Police and Fire Department, Illinois State police, the Madison County Sheriff, Alton, Edwardsville, Abbot, and Collinsville ambulances, and ARCH rescue helicopters. The driver of the semi truck was extricated from the cab of the truck and airlifted to an area hospital, later being transferred to St. Louis University Hospital. His status is not yet known. The driver of the pick up truck was taken to Alton Memorial Hand is in stable condition. The driver of the bus, in addition to five passengers on the bus, was transported to Gateway Regional Hospital, all six individuals in stable condition. Authorities closed the roadway following the accident and reopened it a few hours later.
In previous blogs, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have discussed the severity of accidents that occur between semi trucks or large commercial vehicles and smaller cars or motorcycles. The risk of individuals in smaller vehicles sustaining personal injury after an accident with a larger vehicle is very high, often due to the vulnerability of the smaller vehicle in combination with the much taller and heavier vehicle like a semi truck, tractor-trailer, or bus. Even more, accidents that occur between two or more of these large vehicles can be just as dangerous. Accidents with semi trucks can result in turnovers or large swerves onto other vehicles, truck cabs disconnecting from the trailer, or even trucks spilling their loads onto the roadway. Furthermore, accidents with buses can lead to not only damage to the bus and surrounding areas, but all passengers traveling on the bus are at risk of injury or death. It is important that all drivers of large commercial vehicles do everything they can to prevent accidents with other motorists in Illinois roadways, ultimately preventing injury to those involved.
Though the above report does not specify which driver was responsible for causing the accident, in addition to whether anyone planned to seek legal action, individuals who suffer serious injuries as a result of careless or negligent motorists may be able to file a claim in civil court against the drive. Our Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand that accidents involving semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles can result in personal injury and life altering consequences. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in an Illinois trucking accident due to a negligent driver, please contact our team of Illinois truck accident lawyers to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.