The Tribune-Star reported yesterday on a massive trucking accident that involved eight different trucks but fortunately did not result in any fatalities.
Police are recreating the sequence of events that lead to the multi-vehicle crash to better understand what happened and how it can be prevented in the future. The incident began in a construction zone on the eastbound lanes of I-70 after an unexpected slowing down of traffic. The vehicles initially causing the slow zone were unable to be identified.
All that is known is that the crash started when a tractor-trailer hauling scrap metal began braked for the slowed traffic in front of it. Behind that first vehicle was another truck loaded with dry goods. That second truck was unable to stop in time to account for the braking truck, ultimately slamming into the back of it. Following that first rear-end collision, a string of six other tractor-trailers crashed into one another in a chain reaction event. While many of the trucks were severely damaged, all drivers appear to have suffered only minor injuries.
Far too often construction zone accidents like this one end in tragedy. The slowed traffic in these areas often catches unaware drivers off-guard, resulting in collisions and chain-reaction crashes. The increased collision risk in these accidents is one reason why speed limits are dropped in these locations and citation penalties are increased. There is little room for error when it comes to construction zone driving.
To remain safe in construction zones this summer season be sure to practice common-sense safe driving practices. Avoid tailgating and ensure that your brakes are in proper working order to avoid rear-end collisions. Do not cut across lanes in front of other drivers and always abide by posted lane markers. Ensure that all distractions are kept to a minimum-including texting and talking on the phone while behind the wheel.
An Illinois truck crash attorney, like ours at Levin & Perconti, knows the consequences of these accidents and the frequency with which they arise. Be sure to follow safe driving practices on the road and be on the lookout for all negligent drivers traveling near you.
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