A truck accident lawyer at our firm recently read that the driver of a car that suddenly stopped on the Stevenson Expressway due to a previous collision was killed when a semi plowed into his car. Chicago.cbslocal.com states the accident occurred last Wednesday at about 1:30am near southwest suburban Plainfield. The chain of events leading to the accident started when the 26-year old driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle on southbound Interstate 55 and struck a center median wall. The vehicle then became disabled in the left lane, without its lights on, according to state police. After a few minutes, a second motorist saw the disabled vehicle and stopped to offer assistance. Before both vehicles could be moved from the roadway, a semi truck struck both vehicles near mile marker 260.
The report states the driver of the stopped vehicle was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he died shortly after. No other injuries were reported. Travel on I-55 was stopped in both directions so the injured man could be airlifted from the scene. By about 3 a.m. both directions were open to travel again, state police said. The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.
From the perspective of our lawyers, chain reaction collisions similar to the one described in the above report can cause serious injury to those involved. When these collisions include semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles, the likelihood of a serious injury greatly increases. While a stalled vehicle 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.
It is advised to allow a distance of ten feet in between you and the vehicle in front of you for every ten miles per hour you are traveling. For example, if you are traveling at 50 miles per hour, this distance would be fifty feet. 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. In general, remain attentive for all of the vehicles surrounding you while driving.
It is not confirmed why the driver of the passenger vehicle lost control of his car before colliding with the median and becoming stopped on the expressway. Most commonly, victims report that their vehicle had an empty fuel tank or a piece of equipment was not working properly. If there is a malfunction with your vehicle or you are involved in an accident, use your signals properly to move to the side of the road, or at least turn on your hazard lights to warn approaching vehicles. In the case that an equipment malfunction causes an accident due to the vehicle stalling in the middle of the road, the driver may not be held responsible for the accident. However, if either the passenger vehicle or semi truck driver were negligent in the above case, victims or their families may be able to claim for injuries or property damage sustained in the accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a negligent motorist, please contact our law firm for more information. Our attorneys provide quality legal representation to those who lives have been severely impacted by negligent motorists and are willing to assist you in determining what rights and compensation may be available to you.