Truck accidents on interstates are especially dangerous and can be fatal or result in injuries such as permanent nerve damage, burns, and broken bones. Such injuries take a very long recovery time, and sometimes victims may never fully heal to how they were before the accident.
Fortunately, one couple who was involved in a life-threatening truck accident survived with only minor injuries, according to an article by ABC News. The couple was traveling north on I-75 when a semi-truck crushed their compact car against the highway’s concrete barrier. They were then pinned underneath the large truck. Firefighters had to cut the door off of the victims’ car in order to pull them out of it.
Relatively speaking (compared to the types of injuries that can occur from such a severe crash), the couple received minor injuries. One individual had a broken arm, and the other had a gash to the head. Both injuries were fortunately deemed as non-life-threatening by medical professionals.
In the United States, truck accidents are unfortunately all too common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2008 alone, 380,000 large trucks were involved in crashes. Of these crashes, 4,066 were fatal, with a total of 4,229 deaths. This is 11% of all traffic fatalities reported for the year of 2008. 90,000 individuals were injured in these crashes. These statistics tell us that everyone one out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 resulted from a collision with a large truck (one that is over 10,000 pounds).
Our truck accident lawyers have represented victims and families throughout the state of Illinois. We have assisted individuals in coping with their personal injuries, as well as families who have lost loved ones in truck accidents. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries in an accident caused the negligence of another driver, it is important to seek legal action quickly to protect your right to take legal action. In Illinois, there are time limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits, known as the statute of limitations. Understandably, a truck accident may have left you with high-cost medical bills and lost earnings. Our firm is experienced in representing injured victims in Illinois truck accident lawsuits, and if you call our firm, our attorneys would be happy to listen to your concerns and help determine if you may be able to seek compensation for your suffering and financial hardship. Call us today for a free consultation.