Tractor-trailers are the largest, and most powerful, vehicles on the road. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that tractor-trailers weigh up to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, leaving passenger vehicles extremely vulnerable to these beasts. Taking into account the power behind these machines, if you are involved in an accident with one, it is likely that you will suffer severe injury, or even death!
What is frightening is that an alarming number of tractor-trailer drivers engage in certain behavior, while driving, that increases the possibility of having auto accidents. Earlier this week, in O’Fallon, Illinois, a tractor-trailer driver and his female passenger got into an argument. According to O’Fallon Illinois police, this argument led to a multi-vehicle crash. One person, an innocent motorist, died from this accident. This accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Route 50 eastbound.
When police arrived at the scene, they discovered a five-car-accident; all caused by the tractor-trailer. The one motorist’s death occurred when his vehicle flipped upside down. Three other motorists sustained injuries.
Investigations are still underway. The investigations involve interviewing witnesses and visiting nearby businesses to see if they have any surveillance camera footage of the incident. On the completion of these investigations, the truck driver may face charges.
If you are injured from a truck-related accident, it is important to hire an attorney for your case. You may be entitled to compensation. Such compensation includes, but is not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and emotional distress.
The foregoing incident could have been avoided. Driver behavior is a common cause of truck-related accidents. As a mater of fact, and according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the behavior of a tractor-trailer driver causes most truck-related accidents.
FMCSA went on to report that drivers themselves are nearly ten times more likely to cause an accident than all other factors. These factors include the weather, road conditions, traffic conditions, et cetera. FMCSA further reported that common human behavior resulting in truck-related accidents includes, but is not limited to, drug use, driver too fast, fatigue/drowsy driving, not paying attention and distracted-driving.
If you were involved in a truck-related accident, you must act fast. You will need to show that the driver at fault was at least negligent in causing the accident. An attorney will speak to the insurance company(ies) for you, will get you the medical treatment you need, and will provide you an ease of mind while you focus on your recovery. An attorney will also ensure that you case is timely filed pursuant to Illinois’ statute of limitations.
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Truck-related accidents can result in serious injuries. If you or a loved one are injured from a truck-related accident, it is imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.