The State Journal-Register Online reports that two men have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident involving three large commercial vehicles. According to the news article, the accident initially transpired when the first semi truck driver was traveling north on Interstate 55 near Clear Lake when he was “cut off” by a passenger vehicle. As a result, the semi truck driver veered his vehicle to the left – ultimately resulting in a collision into the roadway’s metal posts and cables that divide the highway. The second collision occurred when an additional semi truck that was traveling behind the first attempted to swerve to avoid the first truck that had pulled off to the right side shoulder of the highway.
After the subsequent second collision, the second semi truck became disabled in the left lane of traffic. A third large commercial vehicle was unable to see the disabled second semi truck and subsequently rear-ended the commercial vehicle. The drivers of the second and third semi trucks involved in the accident required additional medical attention for the injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Interstate 55 remained closed for approximately three hours following the trucking accidents. A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read that the accident currently remains under investigation and no citations have been issued.
Although our Illinois trucking accident blog frequently discusses the standard of care that must be exercised by large commercial vehicle drivers to ensure safe operation and avoid devastating collisions, it is also important to remember that a passenger vehicle driver also has a duty to operate safely, especially around semi trucks. Despite the number of statistics that commonly prove that semi truck accidents transpire as a result of semi truck driver error, it is also important to note that driver error on behalf of a passenger vehicle driver is another extremely common cause of semi truck accidents.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers continue to encourage safe driving habits, in addition to, defensive driving measures by drivers of all types of vehicles in order to avoid a potentially fatal accident, which include:
– Avoid a semi truck’s blind spot – Adapt to roadway conditions and adverse weather
– Take extra caution at intersections – Always wear a safety belt
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle collision, please contact our accident attorneys in Chicago to see what legal rights may be available to you.