It seems that not a news day goes by without hearing about a truck accident along Midwest highways. As our readers know, these crashes involving semis are extremely dangerous and often result in life-altering and permanent personal injuries or even death. This is due to the combination of a truck’s large size and weight and that they are traveling at high speeds on the interstates.
According to news from northwestohio.com, a fatal semi-truck accident occurred on I-75 this past Tuesday. The highway patrol reported a car was following closely behind a semi-truck when it crashed into the back of the tractor trailer. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two passengers in the car remain in critical condition. The driver of the semi was not injured.
It is crucial to practice safe driving on all roads, but especially on interstates. When driving at such high speeds it can be very difficult to swerve away from a potential collision or to stop in time to avoid a rear-end accident. For that reason, it is important to maintain a lengthier following distance than when driving on regular city roads so that you can make a quick stop to avoid a collision if need be.
Furthermore, it is also important to maintain a longer following distance due to the high number of semi-trucks on the interstates. With these vehicles being so large, they have limited vision in their rear and immediate sides. If they cannot see you from behind or either side, they cannot as easily avoid hitting you in the case of an accident. Be sure to stay out of a truck driver’s blind spot and keep a safe following distance. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see your vehicle so always keep this in mind when sharing the road with large trucks.
Illinois is a major transportation hub for businesses throughout the country. For that reason, there are always thousands of semi-trucks going to and from our major cities on routes for delivery and transportation of goods. With a large interstate system, and many semi-trucks present, it is important that all drivers, truckers and motorists alike, use caution and safe driving to keep each other free from injuries.
We frequently represent clients who have been injured in accidents involving trucks or other large vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that you believe was the fault of another driver’s negligent driving, you may have a legal cause of action. These accidents are oftentimes very serious and leave victims with permanent injuries and lost wages from their inability to work. By filing a lawsuit on your behalf, we can help you recover compensation for your medical bills and lost earnings, or the loss of a loved one. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.