Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report detailing a fatal semi truck accident that took the life of the truck’s 45-year-old driver. According to the report, posted on MenomoneeFalls.Patch.com, the accident in question transpired when the truck driver was traveling south on a county road when a motor vehicle driver pulled out in front of him. Local authorities reveal that the car was stopped a stop sign but the truck did not have a stop sign. Despite this, the female driver continued through the intersection.
As a result, the semi truck driver collided into the motor vehicle and subsequently veered off the road and into a nearby ditch. Emergency personnel had to extricate the truck driver from his vehicle. The injuries the truck driver sustained included compound fractures to his arm, internal injuries, as well as, a deep cut to the back of his head. Ultimately, his injuries proved fatal and he died shortly thereafter at a nearby hospital. In the aftermath of the devastatingly fatal accident, the 44-year-old driver of the passenger vehicle was cited for failing to yield to the right of way of a semi truck.
Although our Illinois trucking accident blog commonly reports tragic accidents that ensue as a result of semi truck driver negligence, often times drivers of motor vehicles are responsible for these life-altering accidents involving large trucks that weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. In order to avoid these potentially fatal accidents, our Chicago truck accident attorneys encourage that drivers of smaller passenger vehicles share the road safely with large commercial vehicles by adhering to the following guidelines:
– Avoid cutting in front of a semi trucks at all costs – they take significantly longer to break
– Avoid a semi truck’s blind stop – if you are unable to see the truck driver in the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you – Always pay attention when operating a motor vehicle and avoid all distractions – Always wear your safety belt
However, there are often situations in which a semi truck accident transpires even though a driver is practicing extreme caution while traveling. If you believe you have been involved in an accident in which driver negligence played a key factor, please contact our experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights, relief, and representation may be available to you.