Being vehicles of such a large size, semis and tractor-trailers can cause accidents that are very serious in nature, both in injuries to victims as well as damage to personal property and infrastructure. This was made evident in one recent accident in Casey, IL when a semi-truck crashed into a concrete support on the Illinois 49 overpass and caught fire, according to an article by the Herald-Review. The accident occurred over Interstate 70 and one man (the passenger) died and another (the driver) has suffered serious personal injuries and remains hospitalized. Illinois State Police reported that the truck fire damaged the tractor, trailer, and the overpass. The driver was ticketed for improper lane usage.
A fire can be an extremely dangerous consequence of truck and motor vehicle accidents. Not only are they dangerous to those directly involved in the accident, but fires pose a danger to those around the accident as well. Fires can quickly spread to other vehicles, infrastructure, and the environment surrounding the scene of the accident, putting others in harm’s way. Furthermore, because vehicles run off of gasoline and oil, which are highly flammable and combustive materials, the fire can quickly escalate into an ever-increasing dangerous situation.
What makes vehicle fires more dangerous is that every fire and accident is unique, according to the National Safety Council, so victims always face a certain level of unpreparedness from the unpredictable dangers the accident poses. If you are in a moving vehicle that catches fire, it is important to exit the road onto the shoulder and turn off the engine of your vehicle immediately. Get yourself and all other passengers out of the vehicle, and then get far away from the vehicle. Then, notify the fire department immediately. Most importantly, do not try to extinguish this fire yourself because one of the unpredictable dangers of vehicle fires is fuel ignition. If you are in a vehicle that is stopped or parked, you should also shut off the engine and leave the vehicle quickly. Again, notify the fire department, and do not attempt to put out the fire.
Truck accidents are unfortunately common throughout Illinois, as trucks are frequently on our roads transporting goods on routes for business. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a truck accident as a result of a driver’s negligence, you should contact an attorney. Through a lawsuit you may be able to hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and suffering and obtain compensation. Our law firm has been in operation for over 20 years, which has provided our attorneys with vast experience in all types of personal injury and negligence lawsuits. Call our law firm for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your potential claim with you. Our clients pay no fees unless we recover a verdict or settlement in their favor so call us today, and we may be able to help you.