Earlier this morning, CBSNews.com reported a devastating semi truck accident that took the lives of seven individuals and sent an additional four to the hospital. A minivan carrying ten occupants was traveling along a state toll road when the vehicle was rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer traveling behind it. While exact accident details remain unclear, witnesses at the scene state that the minivan had began to slow down in the eastbound lane after striking a deer prior to being rear-ended by the large commercial vehicle. Seven occupants of the minivan were pronounced dead at the scene while the remaining three passengers, as well as, the semi truck driver were immediately hospitalized. The accident currently remains under investigation.
When a large commercial vehicle travels too closely behind a passenger vehicle, such as stated in the article, the results can be tragic. In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was determined that aggressive driving, such as following too closely, is the second leading violation committed by drivers of commercial vehicles. Due to the sheer size and weight of semi tractor-trailers, the amount of time it takes to stop these 80,000 pound vehicles substantially increases. In an addition study conducted by the NHTSA, it was found that the average stopping distance for a fully loaded large commercial vehicle traveling at 55 mph is 196 feet – compared to 133 feet for passenger vehicles. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys know that when you combine a semi trucks weight and size, in addition to, close traveling distances with passenger vehicles – accidents involving injuries and fatalities are likely to occur.
Our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti maintain extensive knowledge when handling all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving large commercial vehicles. Victims of Illinois semi truck accidents may be able to obtain legal relief from the damages they have incurred as a result of another’s negligence or carelessness. Types of damages that may be obtained include: cost of medical expenses, loss of wages, as well as, physical and emotional pain and suffering. If you have been involved in a semi truck accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of negligent semi truck driver, please contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer. Our experienced accident attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.