Two weeks ago a semi truck tipped over on Interstate 94 near Calhoun County and blocked traffic for miles, according to a report from CBS Local. The accident took place at 12:36pm at the entrance ramp to westbound I-94 when police say the truck driver was entering the highway too fast. The truck reportedly crossed the driving lane and tipped onto its side in the passing lane under an interstate bridge.
Police say the semi truck driver, a 48-year old man of Chicago, had 40,000 pounds of goods in the trailer of his truck. Heavy wreckers lifted the semi back onto its wheels and then it was towed away, allowing authorities to reopen all roads by later that afternoon. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with minor head injuries and was ticketed for careless driving.
The report continues to state that a nearly identical accident occurred just a week before when another truck, entering from the same ramp, flipped onto its side and slid into the left lane of westbound I-94. Our truck accident attorneys note that while many accidents occur on Illinois interstates and highways each year, it is becoming more and more common to learn of these accidents taking place on freeway entrance and exit ramps in comparison to other segments of the highway.
Reasons accidents occur on entrance and exit ramps are often due to congestion on the ramps, trucks traveling near or directly next to passenger vehicles or motorcycles, and traveling over the speed limit at the same time as the ramp curves. The Illinois Department of Transportation states that additional common factors contributing to these accidents are bad weather, alcohol, and traveling at night.
In order to reduce the number of accidents on highway ramps, it is crucial to drive attentively, responsibly, and defensively at all times. Speed limit signs often change to about 35mph when entering a ramp, but drivers may continue traveling at their current speed of up to 50mph. Be sure to slow down and also look out for upcoming curves or turns. If there are other vehicles on the ramp, allow a proper amount of distance in between yourself and these vehicles in order to prevent collisions.
Finally, remain cautious when entering onto a fast paced highway. Many motorists choose not to slow down for oncoming vehicles that are attempting to merge into the highway. Semi trucks can be especially dangerous in that the large size and weight of the truck may affect the driver’s ability to slow down and allow others to merge in.
By taking the appropriate steps necessary to remain safe while driving on highway ramps and interstates, the likelihood of an accident occurring decreases, and thus, the likelihood of personal injury taking place decreases as well. Negligent motorists do exist, however, and a significant number of accidents unfortunately continue to take place on Illinois roadways. In the case that you or a loved one have suffered in a motor-vehicle accident due to a negligent tuck driver, legal recourse may be available to you.