Even when semi-crashes are thankfully not fatal, they have a lot of consequences calling for local authorities to take action and impact commuting drivers and travelers with road closures on major highways. This cleanup and inspection can take hours or even the day to tend to. When people survive semi-accidents, these result in serious injuries and lengthy healing time, and sometimes long hospital stays.
Similarly to dangerous winter conditions here in Chicago and the rest of the Midwest, the Northwest is experiencing driving hazards as well. On November 27th, in Spokane, Idaho, one person died and eight people were injured in a chain-reaction collision involving a semi, according to The Spokesman-Review. A Washington State Patrol Trooper concluded that the series of three accidents were due to the icy road conditions and several drives traveling too fast for said conditions. Wintertime requires cautious driving, which unfortunately not all with whom we share the roads with use.
One individual unfortunately died at the scene after being hit by a semi truck that had collided with a pickup that traveled into oncoming traffic. After colliding with the pickup truck, the semi went over the median and hit a car, causing the death of a passenger and serious injuries to the driver and a second passenger. In total, there were eight survivors, all of whom had to be taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital for treatment.
The truck and its trailer had been loaded with large and heavy metal plates. As a result of the crash, this cargo was scattered across the road and embankment. Debris from the crash was sprawled across the highway and surrounding area, including part of the trailer axle that had been severed. The road itself experienced damage as well, including concrete that had been broken off the overpass guard rail.
As a result of such a severe crash, the eastbound lanes of the freeway I-90 and the intersecting Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road had to be closed for several hours. Being Thanksgiving, this resulted in an even heavier traffic back-up than normal for such a crash. The problem with road closures is that backed up traffic poses a risk for drivers and can lead to additional accidents. That was unfortunately the case here too. An additional collision occurred at the point where free-flowing traffic approached the backed up traffic from the accident.
As you can see, semi-crashes are not only significant in the instance, but can create a chain reaction of additional accidents resulting from debris, road closures, and congestion. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking crash, you understand the devastating effects of someone else’s negligent actions all too well. Our lawyers know that most victims do not know where to turn after experiencing a serious injury or sudden loss of a loved one. However, it is important to learn your legal options and you may want to seek out attorneys who have helped other victims secure trucking accident verdicts and settlements in the past.