Every week we hear in the news of truck and motor vehicle accidents that cause serious personal injuries or deaths, particularly on busy Chicago expressways. Unfortunately, these accidents are often preventable. Too often drivers engage in dangerous driving habits such as texting and driving, driving while tired, excessive speeding, and following too closely. When drivers act in this reckless manner and are the cause of an accident and injury to others, they can be found liable for negligence. All drivers, truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles alike, need always remain cautious and vigilant, particularly on busy expressways where accidents can easily occur.
A recent article by the Chicago Tribune reports that a 57-year-old woman was killed in a crash near the Illinois-Indiana border on Interstate 80. According to Illinois State Police, a car and semitrailer collided in the early morning near the state line. The woman died from blunt force trauma in the accident.
Truck accidents are extremely dangerous and can cause victims to suffer serious personal injuries or fatalities. Oftentimes victims suffer life-threatening or permanent injuries such as broken bones, loss of limbs, paralysis, or damages to vital areas of the body like the head and neck. Although uncontrollable factors such as weather or poor road conditions can lead to crashes, many accidents unfortunately occur as a result of preventable negligence such as driver distraction, fatigue or intoxication.
In fact, in 2010, The Daily Beast ranked Illinois I-94 as #7 in an article about America’s 100 deadliest highways. The article gathered data from 2004 – 2008, and described how I-94 covered 61.58 in-state miles with 85 accidents and 89 fatalities. This is 1.38 fatal accidents per mile.
Our firm is proud of the noteworthy verdicts and settlements we have obtained for injured clients. Through these lawsuits we have not only brought justice to those who have suffered from the negligent acts of others, but these actions also set a legal example to deter and prevent future accidents. For instance, in R.C. v. Geils Farms et al, our attorneys obtained a $6.5 million trucking accident settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when her pickup truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The truck driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident.
If you have been injured in a truck or motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, it is important that you seek the help of a legal professional. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages that you would not otherwise have had to endure but for that other person’s negligence. We would be happy to speak to you in a free consultation. Although headquartered in Chicago, our truck accident lawyers are proud to represent clients who are located throughout the state of Illinois who have suffered injuries or lost a family member. Call our firm today, and we can discuss your legal options with you.