It is all too often that we hear in the news of motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor trailers. Such accidents may not only result in permanent injuries or death, loss of wages, and long healing time, but cause of a tremendous amount of emotional suffering for victims and family members. Our attorneys understand that when someone is seriously injured or loses a loved one in a trucking accident, they may not know where to turn to find answers and closure. However, our legal system may allow victims and families to seek compensation when accidents are the result of someone else’s careless or reckless behaviors on the road.
Unfortunately this news week was not any different. According to a report by NTV ABC, two individuals were killed in a collision between an SUV and semi-truck. Both the driver and passenger in the SUV were killed upon impact when a semi-truck collided with them head-on and both vehicles then caught on fire upon collision. Authorities reported that they believe weather was a major factor in this accident.
It’s scary to think that although most people rely on cars the most for their travels, motor vehicles are also among the top causes for human death. In fact, according to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for people aged 3 through 34. Furthermore, among all transportation fatalities, traffic deaths account for 95%. Additionally, truck accidents also account for a large number of crash fatalities. In the year 2008, one out of nine fatalities resulted from collisions with large trucks, such as semis. Although some crashes are purely accidental, many are avoidable when drivers practice safe driving habits and adjust their driving styles to accommodate different road and weather conditions.
Not only are accidents frequent and painful both for victims and family members, but they are costly. The cost of motor vehicle crashes in 2000 alone was $230.6 billion in the United States. Speeding related crashes account for an average of $40.4 billion every year.
Our truck accident lawyers are advocates for victims and their families throughout the state of Illinois. We are happy to help those who have suffered personal injuries, loss of wages, property damage, or the death of a family member due to a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We have helped a number of families recover compensation through trucking accident lawsuits, including a recent case in which our attorneys recovered $6.5 million for a family of a woman who died when a semi-truck rear-ended the vehicle in which she was riding. If you, or a member of your family has been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering. Contact our firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.