Recently, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read a report on KJCT8.com detailing a fatal semi truck accident that left both occupants of a sport utility vehicle dead. The SUV was towing an attached trailer when a semi truck traveling behind the vehicle collided with the SUV’s trailer. The collision caused both vehicles and their trailers to travel off the right side of the highway — ultimately causing the SUV to roll three times. Two of the SUV’s passengers were ejected from the vehicle. One of the passengers and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The semi truck driver was not injured in the crash.
Any collision involving a semi truck is extremely disastrous and can often prove life threatening. In a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2009 there were a reported 286,000 crashes involving large trucks in the United States. Of that number, over 2,987 resulted in at least one fatality while 51,000 resulted in at least one nonfatal injury. The study also determined that almost 93% of these fatal semi truck accidents involved a collision with another vehicle in transport. In another shocking statistic, fatalities and injuries most commonly occurred for the drivers of passenger vehicles as well as their occupants.
The most common element in fatal or injury-prone semi truck accidents is truck driver error. Although drivers of commercial vehicles are held to strict rules and regulations and are required to complete extensive training, mistakes still occur on the roadways. Large truck drivers are held to an increased standard of care to operate their vehicle carefully and when that is breached and an accident results, they may be held liable for negligence. Some common examples of semi truck driver negligence include:
Speeding Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances Driver Fatigue Distracted Driver (i.e. cell phone use)
Improperly Secured Cargo Improper lane changes
Our experienced Chicago truck accident attorneys have extensively handled an array of semi truck accidents. Recently, our attorneys obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of an Illinois family who sustained severe and life-altering damages at the hands of a negligent semi truck driver. During investigation, it was found that the driver of the semi truck was operating an overloaded truck, in addition, operating under the influence of marijuana. The accident caused the death of a wife and a mother and resulted in severe injuries to the father and son.
The Illinois accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to fight for the legal rights of those who have been harmed by the negligent acts of drivers. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a semi truck accident you may be able to seek legal relief for damages incurred. Damages may include: cost of medical expenses, loss of wages, in addition to, physical and emotional pain. Those who knowingly commit negligent acts should be held legally responsible for the various harms they inflict. Please contact an Illinois personal injury attorney to seek what legal action may be available to you.