FirstCoastNews.com recently reported that details have been released in connection to a destructive semi truck accident involving three large commercial vehicles. Local authorities state that one of the semi trucks was blocking a number of lanes on an interstate highway when an oncoming semi was unable to stop in enough time to avoid collision. An additional oncoming third semi truck collided into the two commercial vehicles. The series of collisions ultimately caused the interstate to remain closed for several hours while roadway crews worked to clean up the disastrous accident. Luckily, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read, only one of the third semi truck drivers required medical attention for minor injuries.
Fortunately, the injuries sustained in this semi truck accident were relatively minor. Truth of the matter is, when a large commercial vehicle crashes into another vehicle or property … the results are often substantial, as well as, tragic. According to the United States Department of Transportation, around 500,000 semi truck accidents occur annually in the United States. Of the 500,000 accidents that occur each year, over 5,000 unfortunately result in fatality. Some of the most common locations of these devastating accidents surprisingly do not occur in busy cities, but rather rural regions throughout the United States. The Department of Transportation also revealed that 66% of all semi truck accidents that result in fatality occurred during daylight hours as opposed to during the evening.
Our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys know that truck drivers, as well as, their trucking companies are required by federal and state law to ensure that their commercial vehicles are well maintained and safely driven. When the driver of a large commercial vehicle deviates from mandated regulations and operates in a manner that may pose a threat to public safety, the results are almost always tragic. Even though semi truck drivers are held to a higher standard of safety when traveling on our roadways, it is also important for drivers of passenger vehicles to share the road safely with large commercial vehicles. Smaller passenger vehicles should always exercise defensive driving measures when traveling near commercial vehicles which often weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in an Illinois semi truck collision or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact our Chicago truck accident lawyers to see what legal rights may be available to you.