Earlier today, our Chicago personal injury lawyers read a news report on WILX.com detailing a fatal semi truck accident. Local authorities state that both the semi truck and motorcycle were traveling along an interstate highway when the semi truck rear-ended the motorcycle. The collision caused both of the motorcycle’s occupants to be thrown from motorcycle. The female motorcycle passenger died as a result of the injuries she sustained from the accident and the male motorcycle driver is currently listed in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed against the semi truck driver.
Over the recent years, a substantial increase in motorcycle injuries and fatalities has plagued our roadways. Over 4,400 motorcycle fatalities occurred in 2009 … a surprising decrease from 2008 where over 5,300 fatalities were reported – according to the Insurance Information Institute. In addition, motorcycles are 39 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash and 8 times more likely to be injured. When a motorcycle collision involves a large commercial vehicle, the risk of severe injury in addition to the fatality rate substantially increases.
When a large commercial vehicle is negligently operated and an accident occurs … the results can be tragic. Our Illinois accident attorneys have extensive experience when handling a variety of motor vehicle accidents – including those involving semi trucks. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of the victims of an Illinois semi truck accident. Due to a negligent truck driver, who was operating under the influence of marijuana -in addition- to operating an overloaded trailer, collided with a passenger vehicle. The collision resulted in the death of a wife and mother and caused severe injury to her husband and wife.
Our Illinois accident attorneys continue to provide experienced legal representation to those who have sustained severe harm or even death as the direct result of driver negligence. Our attorneys seek to hold unsafe trucking companies and their drivers responsible for their careless conduct. If you or someone you know has been involved in a semi truck accident, please a Chicago personal injury attorney. Our attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.