Rrstar.com reports that a portion of Interstate 90 was closed near Rockford last week when a dump truck hit an overhead sign on the road. The incident happened at about 6:50am between State Street and Harrison Avenue. Illinois State Police say that the truck’s bed was in an upright position when it hit the sign. Witnesses also say that the collision almost caused the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle and change lanes. Luckily, no injuries were reported, and eastbound I-90 was closed as authorities inspected the sign. Westbound traffic was also closed so emergency equipment could be used to clear the accident scene.
Though this particular accident did not result in any personal injury, our truck accident lawyers have been informed of other accidents involving garbage trucks in recent months that were much more severe. For example, a 36-year old man of Chicago was struck and killed by a garbage truck in February, having suffered multiple blunt traumas. The driver of the truck was issued numerous citations for the collision. Additionally, a woman from Algonquin suffered serious injuries when her vehicle was struck from behind by a garbage truck.
Because garbage trucks seem to be a normal part of daily life for most, it is easy to dismiss them as dangerous; therefore, many individuals often fail to be cautious while driving or walking near them. Truthfully, these trucks have the capability to cause serious injury or fatality to anyone who comes too close. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), garbage trucks have the highest pedestrian killing rate on city roads. These vehicles’ large size, limited visibility, and proximity to sidewalks combine to create a pedestrian death rate that is nearly twice as high as what IDOT says is their next closest competitor, the bus. Specifically, garbage trucks kill nearly 24 pedestrians per 100 million miles driven. This number is quite large as compared to buses, which kill 14 people per 100 million miles driven, automobiles, which kill 8, and taxis, which kill 6.
Though our attorneys generally discuss the dangers of larger motor vehicles such as semi trucks, tractor-trailers, trains, and buses, it is highly encouraged to act appropriately around garbage trucks as well. Always give these trucks the space that they need on the roadway, while at the same time remaining aware of your surroundings and attempting to make yourself as visible as possible to the driver of the truck to further decrease your risk of being in an accident.
While many accidents are caused due to the general difficulty of operating and maneuvering such large vehicles, others are caused by driver negligence, whether that consists of distracted driving, driving while fatigued, or failing to follow the rules of the road. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident by a negligent motorist, seeking qualified legal representation is advised.
Our law firm is willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse may be available to you and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us for more information.