Many drivers driving large vehicles such as semi trucks, tractor/trailers, or pick up trucks travel on Illinois roadways each day, and much is expected of these drivers in order for them to reach their destinations quickly and safely. Large vehicles are not the easiest to maneuver and can potentially become dangerous for not only the truck driver, but also other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway. Therefore, it is essential that truck drivers travel attentively and responsibly, properly maintain their vehicle, follow regulations, and take all steps necessary to remain safe behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers choose not to uphold their responsibilities and make decisions that lead to serious accidents and injury on the road. This was the case last Sunday when an Elgin man was charged with drunken driving after he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck an SUV carrying three individuals.
At about 1am, the driver, whose pick up truck had open containers of beer inside, drove through a stop sign on Hastings Street in Elgin, Illinois and struck an SUV approaching on Liberty Street, according to Chicagotribune.com. The pick up truck T-boned the SUV with such force that the entire floor of the SUV fell from its framework. The pick-up truck continued traveling until it crashed into a nearby fence, while the SUV hit a parked car.
Our attorneys learned that authorities arrived to the scene shortly after the accident and transported the driver of the pick-up truck to Sherman Hospital. The two passengers of the SUV, 20 and 25 years old, were also taken to Sherman Hospital, while the driver of the SUV was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. None of these individual’s injuries were declared as life threatening. However, the driver of the pick-up truck was found to have had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, more than double the legal limit of 0.08, according to an Elgin Commander. As a result, he was charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence. Police say he is expected in bond court Monday.
As many are aware, drinking and driving is a very serious, yet sadly common issue on roadways in Illinois and throughout the United States. The Illinois Department of Transportation states that each year, about 310,000 people suffer injuries in alcohol-related traffic crashes, an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes. About 300 fatalities also take place each year. In 2002, 51,649 people were arrested for DUI in Illinois. As stated above, trucks of any size can be difficult to maneuver; adding alcohol into the mix can cause severe truck accidents that cause more personal injury and fatalities than many other traffic accidents.
Our attorneys want to urge truck drivers and all other motorists to drive safely on Illinois roadways this year. Taking the appropriate steps such as refraining from driving under the influence, while fatigued, and distractedly can prevent motor vehicle accidents, decrease personal injury, and ultimately save lives. In the case that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an accident caused by a negligent motorist, contact our Illinois truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.