On September 19, 2016, Illinois State Police reported to a tractor-trailer related accident. This auto accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Illinois 1 and Kankakee County Road 12000 North. The driver of a 1993 Jeep was headed east on 12000 North. He did not stop at the intersection’s stop sign. His Jeep then forcefully crashed into 2017 Kenworth tractor-trailer headed north. The driver of the 1993 Jeep was airlifted to a nearby hospital and sadly died the next day.
These accidents are not rare. Rather, tractor-trailer related accidents run rampant across the United States. In fact, and according to Legal Info, there are nearly 500,000 tractor-trailer related accidents every year! Around 5,000 of these accidents result in fatalities. It is also reported that one out of every eight traffic fatality involves a collision with a tractor-trailer. A lot of these accidents happen right here in Illinois, too.
There are several driving techniques to help you avoid colliding with a tractor-trailer. First however, if you are injured from an auto accident involving a tractor-trailer, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
How do I avoid these Truck-Related Accidents?
First, it is important to keep your distance, both in front of the tractor-trailer and behind it. If you are too close to the front of the truck, the driver may not be able to see you. It is important to allow sufficient space for the truck to stop. You want to avoid being ran over.
When driving behind the truck, do not follow too closely, the truck driver will not be able to see you and you will be able to see what is ahead of the truck. If the truck has to suddenly brake, chance are you will crash into it if following too closely. You want to avoid this.
Second, be careful when driving next to a tractor-trailer. Please be aware that, due to the size of these trucks, they are significant blind spots. If you have to pass a tractor-trailer, make sure you signal try your best to pass the truck quickly.
Third, it is important that you avoid road rage. Please do not express anger towards a truck driver. Truck drivers tend to drive long hours with little sleep, causing them to sometimes be “on edge.” If you exhibit road rage behavior towards a truck driver, he or she may retaliate with his or her own road rage behavior.
Fourth, if you experience car problems and need to pull over, be sure that you pull completely off the road. Truck drivers tend to follow the traffic flow ahead of them. If they see a car partially off of the road, the truck driver may try to follow. Once the truck driver notices the car is completely stopped, it may be too late for the truck to stop, causing an accident. Thus, if you can do so safely, pull all the way off the road if you experience issues with your vehicle.
Hire an Attorney for your Case
If you were in an accident with a tractor-trailer, it is critical that you hire an experienced truck accident attorney. The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.