Chain-reaction crashes can lead to serious injury and even death, especially when involving semis. The need to transport goods via semis in addition to winter conditions can pose a lot of risks to both truck drivers and other motor vehicles on the highways.
According to the Dayton Daily News, two individuals were injured as the result of a crash involving for semitrailers on Interstate 75 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. It was reported that one vehicle was struck from behind and it slowed to enter a construction area. The next vehicle did not slow in time to avoid the collision. The following semi was following too closely and could also not avoid a collision. The two individuals that were injured as a result of the accident required hospital care.
This crash then created a chain reaction, causing two more vehicles to become involved in the crash. Many local authorities had to rush to the scene, including the highway patrol, the department of transportation, the state emergency management agency, and fire and EMS crews from three neighboring cities.
As you may know, Chicago is also a hub of interstate business with many semis traveling in and out of the city on our major highways. We are similarly situated and no stranger to such unfortunate crashes. Our major Chicago highways, like the Kennedy and Dan Ryan, already experience a lot of traffic congestion, which poses risks to drivers and leads to possible crashes. Imagine how much worse congestion is as a result of an accident, and how much more the risk of driving can increase.
In the story above, the trailers of one of the semis rolled over, causing it to go off the side of the road. Rollover crashes, when not fatal, cause serious injuries. They also result in road shutdowns, obstructions, and traffic back-up. This particular accident shut down the southbound lanes of the interstate for several hours, making traffic reroute to the nearest exit.
If you have been in an accident due to a chain-reaction collision, traffic congestion, or winter weather conditions, you can find help from an experienced team of attorneys from a successful Chicago accident firm.