Earlier today, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a report on ChicagoTribune.com detailing an early morning semi truck accident that occurred on the Dan Ryan. At around 1 a.m., inbound local lanes near 57th street had to be shut down as a result of the collision in which one truck jackknifed. Although the initial cause of the collision remains unknown, authorities state that the accident involved multiple semi tractor-trailers. Several injuries were sustained by those involved, but none were considered life-threatening. Illinois police anticipated lanes to remain closed for an extended time, but the crash scene was able to be cleaned faster than expected and all lanes are reopened.
Given the increasing number of vehicles operated on the roadways in the United States each day, driver safety must always be exercised – especially by drivers of large commercial vehicles. With semi truck drivers spending a majority of their year out on our nation’s roads, safety rules and regulations are implemented to prevent accidents resulting in injury – or even fatality. Unfortunately, unsafe semi truck driving habits plague our roadways and result in thousands of injuries and fatalities each year. In 2006, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study which discovered that over 4,995 people are killed each year due to a large truck crash, while over 106,000 injuries resulted in these accidents.
Drivers of large commercial vehicles are required by federal and state laws to safely operate their vehicle, as well as, exercise a reasonable level of care on our roadways. More often than not, failure to safely operate a semi truck increases the likelihood of accidents involving injury or even death. These types of accidents include those involving drunk and/or hit-and-run drivers, uninsured or underinsured motorists, in addition to, accidents occurring from semi truck collisions and rollovers. In a civil court of law, drivers who carelessly operate their vehicle may be held legally liable for negligence if they caused an accident resulting in the harm of another.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers share comprehensive knowledge when handling any and all types of motor vehicle accidents. Victims of these types of accidents may be able to seek legal relief from the damages they have sustained as a result of another’s negligence. These damages include but are not limited to: cost of medical expenses, loss of wages, as well as, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Those who knowingly commit negligent acts should be held legally responsible for the harm inflicted. If you or someone you know has been involved in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact our experienced Chicago accident attorneys for a free consultation to see what legal rights may be available to you.