A truck accident involving two semitrailers occurred early this morning on Interstate 57. The Carmi Times reports that around 2 a.m. this morning, a tractor-trailer driven by James Woodley was legally parked on the side of the interstate in Union County, near milepost 35. Woodley was outside of the vehicle at that time, checking the machine to ensure that all was in proper order.
At the same time, a second semitrailer driven by Warren Gross was traveling southbound on the highway. For reasons yet unknown, Gross drove the truck too far right. He eventually crossed the fog line and collided with the left side Woodley’s parked trailer. Gross’s truck veered forward and into a ditch following the collision. Both semis were badly damaged in the crash, but fortunately both drivers were not injured.
The accident between these two trucks included many factors that our Chicago truck accident attorneys often see in collisions of this sort. First, nighttime driving is consistently shown to be more dangerous for all those on the road and near it. Many drivers, including the truck driver in this case, underestimate their visual impairment during evening hours-headlights can only make up the difference partially. Second, drivers are often lulled into a sense of security when the roads appear clear and frequently run into other vehicles suddenly. It is never appropriate to let one’s careful driving lag because the roads seem clear for a certain stretch. It takes only a single moment of carelessness to cause deadly destruction.
Semitrailers are very common vehicles on the roadways, especially highways. The large amount of trucks mean that they are often involved in highway accidents. If you have been a victim in one of those accidents, please consider you legal options by contacting a truck accident lawyer.