A truck accident lawyer at our firm recently read a report from The Belleville News Democrat that details a serious semi-tractor trailer collision on Interstate 55. According to an Illinois State Spokesman, two semi-trailers were southbound on the interstate near the Livingston exit when they approached a construction zone that reduced the interstate to one lane. Although the first semi truck was stopped in the right lane of traffic, the second truck driver failed to notice that it was completely stopped and then struck it from behind.
The second semi trailer’s cab was completely crushed from the impact. Emergency personnel had to cut the driver from the vehicle and later airlifted him to a nearby hospital. He remains in serious condition, while the driver of the truck that was hit suffered minor injuries. Southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours while the Illinois State Police Certified Truck Inspection Team inspected the trucks for safety violations.
Road construction is nothing out of the ordinary for the Chicagoland area. Bright orange cones, flashing signs, construction vehicles, and ongoing road maintenance are common sights for Illinois drivers, but they also may cause changes in traffic flow and speed limits that can be very dangerous for drivers and road construction crews. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, 1,525 drivers were injured and 24 were killed in work zone accidents in 2011.
In order for you to work towards preventing accidents in road construction areas, be sure to abide by reduced speed limits and lane shifts at all times. Note that lane reductions can cause a sudden slow in traffic, in which driving attentively is necessary to avoid rear-end collisions similar to the one above. Adjust your lane position away from workers and equipment on the side of the road, and increase your following distance from other vehicles when necessary; this is extremely important for semi-truck and trailer drivers. Speeding, texting, or driving distractedly in work zones can result in large fines or loss of license.
Our attorneys provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been injured or killed as the result of negligent motorists. We are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered a significant personal injury or loss of a loved one as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Please contact us to discuss your potential lawsuit and to determine if legal recourse may be available to you.