Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report detailing a life threatening semi truck collision. A semi truck driver currently remains in critical condition after his flower delivery truck rear-ended another semi truck on the Borman Expressway at approximately 2:48am on Friday.
Police say the accident left the driver trapped in the cab of his truck for more than three hours on the eastbound I-80/94 near Cline Avenue. Doctors and nurses from the University of Chicago Air Medical Network arrived to the scene within minutes and were shocked by the severity of the accident. After seeing the driver trapped in the cab of his truck, a flight nurse stated, “The truck was basically crushed on top of him. The steering column and the entire dashboard was into his chest and both of his legs were trapped.”
The report states that independent sources told NBC Chicago that crews had to amputate one of the driver’s legs from the calf down in order to extricate him from the cab of the truck. Emergency doctors on the scene later confirmed the severity of the driver’s injuries, stating that he wouldn’t have had a chance to survive if the doctors did not arrive when they did. “If he remained in the cab in the condition that he was in, his chances of survival would have dropped precipitously,” one of the doctors reported.
The driver was transported to the level one trauma center at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition. All lanes of the Borman expressway were blocked for more than four hours following the crash and eastbound traffic was at a standstill from the state line. One westbound lane re-opened just after 6:30 a.m.
From the perspective of one of our Chicago truck accident attorneys, it is important to note that the accident occurred in the middle of the night. As discussed in previous posts, a huge concern for most truck drivers is driver fatigue into the late hours of the night, potentially resulting in distraction and failing to drive attentively on the roadway. Despite truck drivers facing many regulations before driving, such as ensuring they are well rested, all equipment is working properly, and they are not drinking and driving, accidents do continue to happen as a result of negligent motorists.
Every year, our Illinois truck accident attorneys provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. Truck accident lawsuits can help compensate accident victims for potential personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of a trucking accident. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti to find out what rights may be available to you. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.