Timesherald.com reports that a tractor-trailer overturned on an Illinois expressway exit ramp last week, trapping the driver inside of the tractor. A truck accident lawyer at our firm read that the late-morning accident caused the driver to remain trapped until early afternoon as emergency rescue crews and authorities responded to the scene. Traffic was also stopped on the ramp for a significant amount of time. After over two hours, the male driver was finally freed from the wreck and was flown by a medical helicopter to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. State police opened the exit ramp to traffic after the accident scene was cleared.
In comparison to other segments of the highway, a large number of Illinois accidents commonly occur on freeway entrance and exit ramps. This is often due to congestion taking place on the ramps, trucks traveling near or directly next to passenger vehicles or motorcycles, and motorists traveling over the speed limit at the same time as the ramp curves. The Illinois Department of Transportation states that additional common factors contributing to these accidents are poor weather, driving under the influence, and traveling at night.
In order to reduce the number of accidents on highway ramps, it is crucial to drive attentively, responsibly, and most importantly, defensively at all times. When entering a highway ramp, speed limit signs often changes to about 35mph; despite this, many drivers continue traveling at their current speed of up to 50 mph on the ramp. Be sure to slow down and look out for upcoming curves or turns on the ramp. If there are other vehicles on the ramp, allow a proper amount of distance in between yourself and these vehicles in order to prevent collisions.
Finally, remain cautious when entering onto a fast paced highway. Many motorists choose not to slow down for oncoming vehicles that are attempting to merge into the highway. Semi trucks can be especially dangerous in that the large size and weight of the truck may affect the driver’s ability to slow down and allow others to merge in.
By taking the appropriate steps necessary to remain safe while driving on highway ramps and interstates, the likelihood of an accident occurring decreases, and thus, the likelihood of personal injury taking place decreases as well. Though it is not confirmed why the tractor-trailer driver overturned in the above accident, negligent motorists do exist and oftentimes are the cause of many severe accidents on Illinois roadways.
In the case that you or a loved one have suffered serious personal injures in a trucking accident due to a negligent driver, legal recourse may be available to you. Our law firm has experience handling truck accident cases and represents individuals and families who have been wrongfully killed because of driver carelessness. Please contact us to find the resources you need to seek legal action.