Semi crashes on Illinois interstates pose great risk for serious personal injuries and even fatalities. The greater Chicago area interstates experience a lot of heavy traffic ranging from tourism, business, and commuting, and much of the business in Chicago involves the carrying of various cargo to and from the city on semi-trucks on the interstate.
On December 13th, a five vehicle crash occurred involving a semi truck that was “jackknifed” on Interstate 88 in the Chicago suburb Downers Grove. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that this five-vehicle crash occurred on westbound I-88 at the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) interchange. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, but the Illinois State Police said that they believe slick road conditions probably played a part in the collision.
The Department of Transportation defines a large truck as one with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation, from 2000 – 2009, we experienced a total of 44,544 fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses. That’s an average of 4454 deathly crashes per year on U.S. roads. This large number exemplifies how serious and danger accidents involving large motor vehicles are.
Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in handling cases involving trucking accidents. For instance, in the past, our firm advocated the family of a woman who was killed when their pick-up was rear-ended by a semi-truck in the case R.C. v. Geils Farms et al. Our firm successfully proved negligence and recklessness of the defendant, and the court awarded $6.5 million in favor of the plaintiff. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, our firm will apply this same knowledge and experience to advocate for you. Contact us for a free consultation.