News-gazette.com recently released a report detailing a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 57 that claimed the life of a 22-year old Chicago man last Friday afternoon. Our law firm learned that a semitrailer truck was decreasing in speed in the southbound lanes of the interstate at the 255-mile marker near Ludlow, Illinois due to an earlier accident. This accident consisted of a semi truck and a passenger vehicle collision around 1:10pm after the semi lost control, eventually rolling over in the southbound lanes. The semi’s tired crossed the center median into the northbound lanes where they struck an oncoming Jeep.
After slowing down for this accident, the semitrailer truck began a large chain reaction collision about five miles north of Rantoul. The 53-year old truck driver hit a passenger vehicle, pushing it into a rear of another truck tractor flatbed semi trailer, and also sideswiped a van.
Needless to say, these accidents caused an immense amount of damage, personal injuries, and one fatality. Some were taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries; response teams unfortunately needed to cut the 22-year old man out of his destroyed car, with his injuries leading to his death just hours later. The southbound lanes between Paxton and Rantoul were closed and traffic was rerouted for several hours. Both lanes of traffic were reopened around 6 p.m.
Chain reaction accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. When these collisions include semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles, the likelihood individuals sustaining injuries greatly increases. Though many of these accidents are unavoidable, it is important that drivers do everything they can to prevent these accidents from occurring. This primarily includes maintaining a safe distance from others on the roadway at all times. 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, helps to decrease the risk of an accident.
Note that heavier vehicles like semi trucks and trailers require longer distances, and distance should also be increased between all vehicles while driving in poor weather conditions. 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. In general, always keep your eyes moving to remain aware of other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and street signs on the roadway.
Our Chicago truck accident 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. To find out if legal recourse may be available to you, please contact our law firm for more information.