Winter weather has begun in the Midwest, which means our roads have more slippery, snowy, icy, and wet conditions. Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are as drivers, our attorneys know that others with whom we share the road do not always employ the same caution.
This holds true for our Illinois truck drivers, often needing to cross state lines as they are on the job and transporting goods. Recently, according to NBC 15 of Madison, Wisconsin, Highway 11 was the site of a fatal semi-truck crash as the result of a snowy intersection. At the intersection of Summit Road and State Highway 11, a semi-tractor-trailer overturned, resulting in the death of one individual. When one truck was unable to stop due to the slippery snowy surface, both trucks collided at the intersection, resulting in one of these drivers being pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Not only do such conditions result in trucking accidents, but such accidents impact other drivers on the road as well, resulting in road closures and exposure to hazardous materials. The above-mentioned Highway 11 was closed from the time of the crash for more than several hours due to the overturned semi’s cargo of anhydrous ammonia. This required hazardous materials handlers to transfer the toxic substances to another semi, all the while the accident scene itself was still new and under investigation.
The greater Chicago area in Illinois is not immune to such trucking accidents. Chicago, being a major business hub, is consistently employing the use of trucks by both receiving and dispatching them from our city. Being only a mere 2 and a ½ hours away from Madison, our two cities share many of the same roads of transport and dangerous Midwest winter weather conditions, so one can observe that the same fatal trucking accident could occur within the Chicago region as well.
Fatal injuries are nothing to take lightly, and something that should not occur as often as they unfortunately do. If you have lost a loved one in a trucking accident due to negligent driving in winter condition, our truck accident lawyers can advocate for you.