Truck and motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately all too common in Chicagoland with our vast roads and highway systems that are consistently busy. When drivers are negligent on busy or congested roadways, a serious accident can occur and to take lives of innocent people or cause them to suffer serious injuries. Only a moment’s distraction can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and cause serious accidents with trucks and other motor vehicles.
The Chicago Sun Times, reports that a U.S. Postal Worker was recently killed in a Will County crash in Channahon when his vehicle collided with a truck on Youngs Road, about seven miles southwest of Joliet. The driver went off the roadway onto the shoulder and then back across the center line, hitting a Culligan water truck head on. The Culligan driver fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries, but the postal worker died at the scene of the crash.
Data shows that accidents with trucks are frequent, and these accidents are often not the fault of the truck driver but due to the negligence of another party. According to statistics presented in a fact sheet by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In that same year, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents.
Right now, it is unknown how or why the postal worker lost control of his vehicle. One potential cause could be distracted driving, especially as it has been such a prevalent cause of accidents as of lately. It only takes a moment of being distracted to lose control and veer off the roadway, into oncoming traffic, or to fail to stop in time for vehicles in front of you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and over 1,153 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. The CDC defines distracted driving as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving, and increases the chance of a motor vehicle crash. The three main types of distracted driving are visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off of driving). Distracted driving can include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting music, eating, etc.
Our attorneys understand that roadway negligence is a significant problem. We pride ourselves in reducing accidents resulting from negligence by representing victims and helping them obtain compensation and through setting a legal example through lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We would be happy to discuss your potential claim with you and may be able to help you with your potential case.