As you have seen in the news, winter weather has made our roads more slippery and dangerous for drivers and more prone to accidents. However, it is not only residents of Chicago who must battle these poor road conditions, but central Illinois and downstate motorists are faced with these challenges as well. According to the Daily-Journal, a Kankakee man was recently killed in a truck accident when he crashed at mile marker 313 on Interstate 57. According to Illinois State Police, the truck driver lost control of his semi-trailer and entered onto the center median. Reports stated that the truck travelled approximately a quarter of a mile in the median and then collided with a concrete wall. The trailer then landed on top of the cab, killing the driver. Illinois State Police are still investigating all causes of the accident.
Whether poor road conditions, unsafe driving, or distractions came into play here is currently unknown. However, regardless of the certain cause, our lawyers stress that drivers should always be using safe driving practices in winter weather and devoting their complete attention and focus to the road.
According to Yahoo! News, American Trucking Associations has offered some advice from truck drivers for safe driving in winter weather. First, it is important for truck drivers to know their route ahead of time. Map out the route. By doing so, a driver is prepared and will know potential exits if he/she needs to get off of the highway. Second, if possible, avoid the winter weather conditions, and if you must be in them, try to drive as much as possible during the day in order to have best visibility. Third, always remove residual snow and ice from your truck. This will give you the best visibility and decrease hazards for those behind you. This will also prevent additional blind spots from forming while you drive. Fourth, slow down when driving in icy and snowy conditions to allow yourself the most space to make the stops you need. When the roads are slippery, a truck will require more distance and time to stop than normal.
Our attorneys stress the importance of highway safety because injuries from truck collisions can be life-altering or fatal. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to hold another party liable for negligence. Serious accidents can leave families in financial hardship from medical bills, lost wages, or funeral costs, so it is important to take legal action to recover compensation for your losses. Our firm has been experienced in truck accident lawsuits for over 20 years. Call us today, and we would be happy to hear your case in a free consultation.