Yesterday, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a news report posted on ABC57.com detailing three separate semi truck accidents that occurred on the Indiana Toll Road. The first accident transpired roughly around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning when a semi tractor-trailer hauling a cargo of salmon veered off the toll road and attempted to travel back into the route of traffic. However, upon returning to the roadway, the semi tractor-trailer clipped another semi truck.
The collision caused the first semi truck to collide into the roadway median – subsequently catching fire and flipping onto its side. Although the driver of the first semi truck remained unharmed, the driver of the second semi truck suffered lacerations to his face, as well as, broken ribs that required advanced medical attention.
In an unfortunate turn of events, our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that a Good Samaritan who witnessed the devastating accident was badly burned when trying to help the semi truck driver. Additionally the Good Samaritan sustained broken ribs as well – he is currently listed in stabled condition at an area hospital.
The second accident transpired nearly a mile down the road from the initial accident. Local authorities revealed that two semi trucks collided as a result of the traffic back up from the first collision. No injuries were reported. The third accident occurred later in the morning as a result of another semi truck fire crash. The accident caused traffic on the toll road to be limited to one lane until the wreckage was cleared around 2 p.m.
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that even though drivers of large commercial vehicles are required to adhere to strict state and federal regulations, semi truck accidents continue to occur each and every day. These tragic accidents often result in devastating injuries and even premature death. These accidents are frequently a direct cause of a semi truck driver’s careless and negligent operation – even though drivers of large commercial vehicles are required to operate with the utmost care. In a civil court of law, truck drivers and their companies can be found legally liable for negligence or wrongful death in semi truck accident that results in the injury or fatality of another.