Collisions with semis and other large vehicles are extremely dangerous, often leading to serious injuries or death. The city of Chicago is no stranger to hazardous driving conditions, especially in winter weather. Being a major business center, our city sees a lot of semis going in and out of the city.
According to the Dayton Daily News, on December 6th, an Illinois man died in a collision with a semi-tractor trailer. The vehicle he was driving was hit by the semi on Interstate 70 near Cambridge City, Indiana. The semi was traveling west in the right lane when the driver lost control on the snow covered roads and crossed over into the eastbound lanes of the highway. When the semi hit the car, the car became pinned underneath the semi. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just because a vehicle is larger, doesn’t mean the driver shouldn’t take as much caution as everyone else. The same holds true for semi-truck drivers. A truck safety information website, Coops Are Open, recommends several pieces of advice for truck drivers travelling in winter weather. These drivers, often traveling long distances, should keep informed about the weather conditions in the area they are heading by paying attention to forecasts and talking to others on their radio. Similarly to other motor vehicles, trucks should also leave plenty of space between themselves and other drives on the road. Simply because traffic can bunch closely together on the road doesn’t mean drivers should follow each other closely. Even in congestion, maintain plenty of room. Also, if a truck driver notices four-wheelers and other large vehicles who have spun out or are on the shoulder, this is a sign that conditions are not good and the roads ahead are dangerous. This is a good sign to get off the roadway.
Unfortunately, not everyone is as cautious as this article advises. Our attorneys understand that accidents involving semi-trucks are dangerous, especially in winter weather conditions. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of a negligent truck driver, our accident attorneys can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your hardship.