Four people were injured in a collision between an ambulance and a semi truck earlier this week in Mazon, Illinois, according to Shelbyvilledailyunion.com. A Grundy County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy stated at about 7:30am, the sheriff’s department received a report of an accident involving a semi and a Gardner Fire District ambulance in the northbound lane of Illinois 47, near the railroad crossing.
Allegedly, a train was crossing the tracks and the gate arms were down at the time of the accident. Thought the gate arms were down with lights flashing, a heavy fog sat in the air that significantly limited visibility. Witnesses report seeing a passenger vehicle having to stop abruptly to avoid striking another vehicle stopped at the crossing, then a semi behind the vehicle do the same. The ambulance, which was behind the semi truck, was unfortunately unable to stop in time to avoid a collision and struck the semi at full force.
The report states that four people were transported to Morris Hospital, including a patient who was in the ambulance at the time of the accident. Names and specific injuries of the victims have not yet been released. All ambulance service and travel times were uninterrupted.
From the perspective of our attorneys, a primary factor at play in the above report that led to the ambulance colliding into the back of the semi truck was the existence of poor weather conditions. Fog is a leading cause of automobile accidents in that it reduces drivers’ perception of speed, makes it difficult to distinguish between a moving object and a stationary one, and also makes it difficult to judge the distance a driver has between his or her vehicle and the vehicles nearby. Last year, approximately 38,000 crashes took place throughout the country because of fog, causing around 15,600 injuries and 600 fatalities. (U.S. Department of Transportation).
Maintaining a proper distance between yourself and other vehicles is recommended in any circumstance, but it is especially crucial in poor weather conditions. It is also important to take your time, use your fog lights, if possible, and drive with extreme caution. If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to a negligent motorist who has failed to drive attentively and responsibly at any time, please contact our Illinois truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti to find out if legal recourse may be available to you.