Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reported a destructive semi truck accident that occurred just outside of Illinois state lines. At around 4:20 in the morning along the Borman Expressway and I-80, a semi truck hauling a load of steel coils interchanged two lanes on the interstate – ultimately smashing a minivan into the roadway’s median. The truck driver told local authorities that he lost control of his commercial vehicle due to the adverse weather conditions, which in turn blew out his left front tire.
Through a further police investigation, it was discovered that the commercial vehicle had no evidence of a flat tire and the driver was issued a citation for unsafe lane movement. Fortunately, as our Chicago truck accident lawyers read, the driver of the minivan was able to climb out of his vehicle and only sustained a mild contusion and head lacerations.
Midwestern states, especially Illinois, are notorious for their severe adverse weather conditions that seem to occur almost every season. Certain weather conditions (such as snow, rain, and wind) often create poor road conditions, as well as, reduced visibility for motor vehicle drivers.
This especially holds true for drivers of large commercial vehicles, whose vehicles often weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Due to this, many Illinois semi truck accidents occur as a direct result of a truck driver’s failure to maintain a reasonable standard of care when operating their vehicle during questionable weather.
Under state and federal regulations, semi truck drivers are required to operate their vehicle in a safe and appropriate manner that avoids potential hazardous collisions. When a truck driver deviates from this standard of care and causes an accident resulting in injury or death … the driver, as well as, their trucking company may face civil and/or criminal charges.
Our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti share comprehensive knowledge and experience in motor vehicle accidents caused by driver negligence. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed in an Illinois semi truck accident. In an accident that also resulted in the woman’s husband and son sustaining severe injuries, it was discovered that the driver of the commercial vehicle who caused the accident was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the collision, in addition to, operating an overloaded trailer.
Those who knowingly commit negligent acts should be held legally liable for the various harms they inflict. If you have been injured in a semi truck accident, or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver, please contact an Illinois truck accident lawyer to see what legal rights may be available to you.