An Illinois trucking accident that transpired earlier today in Saline County has left one woman in critical condition, according to a report posted by WPSDLocal6.com. Illinois State Police revealed that the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Illinois Route 34 at Mt. Moriah Road when a 42 year-old driver of a semi tractor-trailer collided into the rear-end of a passenger vehicle that was traveling north on Route 34. The 44 year-old passenger vehicle driver sustained personal injury that required advanced medical attention when she was rear-ended attempting to slow down to turn west onto Mt. Moriah Road. The accident currently remains under investigation and the semi truck driver has received a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that when any type of vehicle, particularly a semi tractor-trailer, fails to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident – the results are almost always disastrous and tragic. Under current Illinois Statute, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident is considered a petty offense, one that can only be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. Additional components of the Illinois Compiled Statutes governing Vehicle Codes provides further explanation on general speed restrictions for Illinois drivers:
“The fact that speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed under the following conditions:
– When approaching and crossing an intersection – Approaching and going around a curve – When approaching a hill crest – When traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway – When special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reasons of weather or highway conditions”
Furthermore, as applicable to the previously mentioned Illinois trucking accident, speed must be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
Legislation by governing authorities concerning motor vehicle travel is enacted in order to help prevent accidents causing injury and fatality, in addition to, holding those who violate these regulations accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, in many cases, even if a fine is imposed for negligent driving that leads to an accident – no compensation is provided for accident victims who have incurred various medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
If you have been injured Illinois auto accident, please contact our accident lawyers in Chicago to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.