Recently, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read a report on Kezi.com detailing a devastating semi truck accident that resulted in the loss of a passenger’s arm. The accident occurred when a passenger vehicle’s tire blew out – ultimately causing the vehicle to swerve into a semi truck. The collision caused the passenger vehicle to smash into a guardrail. The passenger in the automobile had his arm out the window at the time of the accident and it was subsequently severed upon impact. The driver of the automobile was arrested for impaired driving. He is currently held in jail and being charged with: recklessly endangering another person, DUI, reckless driving, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving while suspended, in addition to, a probation violation.
While many trucking accidents occur as a result of semi driver error, an increasingly common cause of these accidents is due to unsafe acts by other drivers. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, of the 40,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents each year, about 12% (or 5,000) people were killed in collisions involving commercial vehicles. From these statistics it was deemed that the driver of the commercial vehicle was held responsible for the accident about 44% of the time.
Drivers of passenger vehicles are required to operate with the same operational standard of care as those who drive large commercial vehicles. To avoid such tragic accidents as this one, drivers should always maintain the utmost safety when operating their vehicle and adhere to these simple steps:
Avoid driving in areas where large trucks have little or no visibility
Always use signals when turning or passing
Avoid any lane changes or merges that would require a truck to brake hard
Give semi trucks extra space when operating during problematic weather conditions
Avoid cell phone use when operating any and all types of vehicles
Our Chicago accident attorneys continue to encourage safe driving habits every time a vehicle is operated. Every year, our experienced attorneys handle cases for victims whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of semi truck accidents. When the negligent driving of another vehicle causes severe injury or even death, legal relief can often are sought. Accident victims may be able to seek compensation for their damages including: loss of wages, medical bills, physical and emotional pain, as well as, punitive damages aimed at punishing the negligent party’s wrongful behavior. If you have been involved in an accident, please contact a Chicago personal injury attorney to see what legal rights may be available to you.