Earlier today, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read an article on TheStarPress.com reporting a devastating semi truck accident that left a 71 year old woman dead. Investigations concluded that the accident resulted from the 71 year old driver of an automobile crossing the center line of a two lane road, colliding head on with the oncoming semi truck. Witnesses at the scene reported that the automobile driver had traveled into the opposite lane and had tried to swerve back when the collision occurred. The accident, which transpired at around 4:30 p.m., killed the driver of the automobile instantly. Local authorities stated that it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were believed to be a factor in the collision and that both drivers were abiding by the posted speed limits.
These types of accidents are particularly devastating given that a minor driver error can turn tragic. According to a 2007 study of large truck crashes conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these types of accidents are extremely common. The study determined that passenger vehicles which crossed the center line and collided head on with a large truck accounted for over 16% of fatal crashes. While only 1% of fatal accidents occurred as a result of a large truck crossing the center line and fatally striking a passenger vehicle. In this study, large trucks were defined as those weighing over 10,000 pounds.
With the increasing nationwide reports of fatal accidents involving semi trucks, safety precautions need to be implemented by drivers of all vehicles – especially automobiles. Various accidents between a semi truck and an automobile can be avoided by following proper safety tips. Most importantly, drivers of passenger vehicles should always remain alert when driving near a semi truck given that semi trucks operate a lot differently than automobiles. In addition to the various blind spots a semi truck has, it takes a large truck twice as long to come to a stop – even longer if the roadways has been affected by the weather. Furthermore, it is always recommended that drivers of all vehicles consistently wear their safety belt to avoid any harmful consequences of an accident.
Our Chicago accident attorneys send their sincere condolences to the victim’s family and friends. These types of tragic accidents can be unpredictable and many times cause fatal consequences. Our injury attorneys continue to encourage that drivers of all vehicles adhere to proper safety precautions when operating their vehicles. To prevent any and all types of vehicle accidents, drivers should continuously share the roadways, adhere to posted speed limits, and always buckle up.