As readers are aware from recent posts, icy and snowy winter conditions are dangerous for all drivers, including professionals operating large tractor trailers for commercial use. In addition to poor visibility, sub-freezing temperatures and precipitation make it much more difficult for truck drivers to come to a quick stop when the roads are icy and slippery, as stops require much more time and distance. This holds especially true for truckers traveling on highways because cars and trucks are often driving at higher speeds than on regular city roads.
Recent weather conditions played a part in another Illinois trucking accident last week. According to the Channahon-Minooka Patch, the crash occurred on westbound I-80 last Tuesday when two large trucks collided on the roadway, scattering debris throughout the roads, resulting in closure. The Illinois State Police had to close a portion of the highway for some time that day to clear the debris and make conditions safe for driving again. It is unknown at this time whether the truck accident resulted in any injuries.
The icy road conditions have made travel dangerous and the roads hazardous. In addition to the aforementioned trucking accident, many drivers on I-80 lost control of their vehicles and slid into ditches as well. Police asked that if motorists choose to drive during winter weather conditions, that they drive with caution and keep warm clothing, food, and water in their vehicles in case of becoming stranded. Police have been tending to stranded motorists as quickly as possible.
While it is not yet known if anyone in this truck accident was injured, our Chicago attorneys understand that personal injuries resulting from truck accidents can be life-altering or fatal. These accidents can result in permanent or long-lasting personal injuries, such as broken bones or loss of limbs. Not only are these injuries physically painful and require a lot of time for recovery, if one does recover, but they often leave victims and family members financially burdened from loss of wages and expensive medical bills. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses and the harms caused in a lawsuit. If a court deems that the accident was preventable had the other individual taken proper precautions and not acted negligently, then you can receive compensatory damages for your losses and hardships.
Our attorneys are experienced not only in truck accidents lawsuits, but all types of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries caused by negligence. Call our office for a free consultation, and we can help you determine if you have a legal cause of action and help you obtain deserved justice.