ABC Local released an accident report last Thursday that authorities and witnesses are declaring nothing less than a tragedy. A family of seven, including three adults and four children, was traveling home on Interstate 65 around 10pm when traffic had slowed for construction. An inattentive semi truck driver suddenly rear-ended the jeep. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the impact pushed the jeep into another semi truck in front of it.
When state police arrived at the scene, a sergeant stated, “The Jeep was burned, for the most part, beyond recognition.” Because of the damage the vehicle sustained and the compaction of the vehicle after impact, authorities initially estimated that only two people were trapped inside. After looking more closely, they discovered that seven individuals had been killed: a 27-year-old mom with her 5 and 3-year-old daughters, the woman’s sister and her two young children, and the children’s uncle. The semi truck driver remained uninjured, and no citations or charges have been filed in the case so far.
Our wrongful death lawyers and many others were saddened by the number of individuals killed in this accident, in addition to the fact that four of those people were children under the age of 8 years old. Though details are continuing to be released about the collision, police say, “The cause of the crash was due to inattentive driving and negligence on the semi-tractor trailer driver’s part.” The report states that the driver has been ticketed for speeding at least five times since 2006 and has also been cited for failing to submit to a required truck weigh-in, both possibly contributing to the accident. A witness from a nearby day care center said, “There’s no reason for a family to be missing seven family members today due to somebody not paying attention.”
We agree that a devastating accident such as this could have easily been prevented if the truck driver was driving more attentively and was therefore able to detect the slow in traffic and decrease his speed. Unfortunately, accidents involving driver negligence are all too common in Illinois and throughout the country. When semi truck drivers or drivers of large commercial vehicles are careless behind the wheel, the severity of accidents that may take place drastically increases. Results of semi truck accidents include, but are not limited to, personal injury, medical costs, loss of a loved one, funeral expenses, destruction of property, or emotional damage.
Our law firm represents individuals and families who have been wrongly injured or killed in semi truck accidents. We believe that victims should have a variety of resources available to them in order to receive proper legal representation, learn of their rights, and receive compensation for the harms caused to them. To find out if legal recourse may be available to you, please contact us for more information.