AnnArbor.com recently released a news report detailing a semi truck rollover accident that sent four individuals to the hospital. A Chicago truck accident attorney at our office read the news article which stated that the accident in question transpired as the semi truck was traveling east along an interstate highway when an SUV attempted to pass the tractor-trailer. Both vehicles were traveling near an entrance ramp when a box truck entered the interstate highway. A subsequent collision resulted when the SUV attempted to move into the left lane – striking the semi truck.
As a result, the semi truck driver lost control of his trailer and collided into the roadway’s median wall before ultimately rolling over onto its passenger side. Although our Chicago truck accident lawyer learned that four individuals were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, all four individuals has to be extricated from their vehicles by an area fire department. Both east and westbound lanes of the highway remained closed for several hours while roadway crews managed to clean up the debris from the accident.
Any Illinois truck accident attorney will tell you that when a semi tractor-trailer rolls over, the risk for motor vehicle accidents resulting in severe injury or fatality significantly increases. Often times, semi truck rollover accidents ensue as a result of a wide variety of negligence. Some of the most common types of negligence attributed to a semi truck rollover include: an improperly maintained vehicle, improperly loaded trailer, or even improperly operation. In these types of cases where negligence plays a factor in a tragic accident, the truck driver, as well as, their trucking carrier may be found liable for personal injury or wrongful death in a civil court of law.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extensively regulates federal trucking laws that must be adhered to by truck drivers and their carriers. Truck drivers are required by law to operate with a standard of care that avoids potential hazards at any and all costs. These standards have been established because of the substantial risk associated with large commercial vehicles that weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. When this standard is deviated from and an accident resulting in broken bones, spinal cord, neck injuries, or even premature fatality occurs, civil litigation is highly beneficial for injured parties and their families to obtain compensation for damages incurred.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our experienced accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights may be available to you.