A large number of drivers transporting large commercial 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. Because larger vehicles are more difficult maneuver and can potentially become dangerous for not only the truck driver, but also other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway, it is essential that truck drivers travel responsibly. This includes driving attentively, maintaining their vehicles, following regulations, and taking 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 a Skokie 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 and struck an approaching SUV, according to Chicago Tribune. 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 personal injury lawyers learned that authorities arrived to the scene shortly after the accident and transported the driver of the pick-up truck, driver of the SUV, and passengers of the SUV to a nearby hospital. None of these individuals’ 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 a Commander at the scene. As a result, he was charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence.
As many are aware, drinking and driving is a very serious, yet sadly common issue throughout the country. 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, and about 300 fatalities also take place. In 2002, 51,649 people were arrested for DUI in Illinois. As stated above, some trucks can be difficult to maneuver in that they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be up to 75 feet in length. 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 every motorist to always drive safely. 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, please contact us to discuss your potential lawsuit.