All drivers must use caution to avoid motor vehicle accidents and suffering personal injuries or causing them to others. However, this means not only being on the lookout for other cars and trucks on the roads, but those that are parked or stationary as well. We owe a duty to other drivers to remain attentive and observant so that we can stop with enough time and avoid collision with another vehicle. This is especially true on interstates and highways when vehicles travel at much greater speeds. Furthermore, on interstates and highways, not only are vehicles consistently merging or switching onto exits, but cars and trucks often have to pull over to the shoulder of the road for a multitude of reasons. Therefore, we must be vigilant to the vehicles around us, both moving and stopped.
According to one article by the Sun-Times, a collision on Interstate 94 caused the death of one northwest suburban Chicago man who died after his vehicle crashed into a parked semi-truck on I-94 in Wilmette. According to a statement by the Illinois State Police, the semi was parked on the right should of northbound I-94 near Skokie Road when the victim’s vehicle ran off of the road and hit the stationary truck. The man died at the scene of the crash and his passenger survived but had to be extricated from the collision.
There is no word on what caused the man to veer off of the road and hit the truck, but this example can serve as a reminder to drivers to always stay alert and aware of your surroundings on the road. An article by the American Red Cross addresses several points of safety that our lawyers urge our readers to follow. First, it is always important to use your safety belt and to not excessively speed. Observe the speed limits to avoid a collision. Secondly, give your full attention to the road, as distracted driving is a significant factor in highway accidents. This means both avoiding unnecessary distractions like cell phones but also being well rested and alert. Third, use caution on the road by keeping adequate space between your vehicle and others on the road. In this way, you can make a timely stop if you need to and can avoid a collision. Lastly, if you have car trouble, be sure to pull off the road as far as it is possible. In this way, you can help avoid adding “insult to injury” by not suffering a collision on top of present car mechanical trouble. If possible, pull off to an oasis stop if one is available, versus the shoulder.
Our attorneys care about the safety of everyone on the road, which is why we work hard to defend the rights of victims against negligent drivers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be able to hold that individual liable through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.