Today a damaging five-car truck accident was caused by a trucker’s improper driving in downstate Illinois reports the Champaign News-Gazette.
The truck driver was traveling south on Interstate 57 when he came upon slowed traffic a few miles north of the Charleston-Mattoon exit. There had been an earlier multi-vehicle accident which caused the traffic build up. Unfortunately the driver of the truck was not paying attention as he came upon the build-up. He was traveling too fast, especially for the wintery conditions. His tractor-trailer eventually slammed into two stopped vehicles, swerved across the median, fell on its side, hit a sheriff’s deputy car that was parked on the northbound shoulder, hit a fourth car that was also traveling north, and finally stopped all the way across the northbound lanes. It was a whirlwind accident that caused a stream of damage in its wake.
Fortunately, the other drivers and passengers avoided serious injury in the accident. But the truck driver himself was injured and hospitalized at a local medical facility. Police officers eventually charged the negligent trucker with several violations for the accident including speeding and improper lane usage.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain committed to helping the victims of accidents just like this one. Far too often trucks are driven poorly causing widespread damage. It is fortunate that there were not more major injuries in this accident; often that is not the case. If you or someone you know has ever fallen victim to a truck crash like this one please contact our truck accident lawyers.
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