Our readers know that Illinois is a major hub for commercial trucking because our state is home to many types of businesses and industries, including farming. Every day our trucks depart to and from job sites carrying goods and products as part of their jobs. However, it is important to consider that these businesses’ cargo is not always boxed items, and can actually be living cargo as well. While Illinois is indeed a state full of multinational corporations and businesses of all sizes, our state is also a center for agriculture and farming. For that reason, it is not uncommon that trucks we see on the roads are carrying not only consumer goods, but may be transporting livestock as well.
In fact, trucks are so vital to businesses and carrying cargo, that they carry the majority of goods. According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, part of the United States Department of Transportation, trucks actually transport 60.8% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade, as of 2013. This includes business with the United States and NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico, as part of $98.6 billion of business.
However, just like other truck drivers, those carrying livestock are at risk for accidents. According to an article by the Pantagraph, a truck that was carrying cattle overturned on Interstate 39, and resulted in several other accidents. According to the Illinois State Police, the truck driver was going too fast to properly negotiate a curve and ran off of the road at milepost 13. The semi-truck then overturned in the median, tossing out 35 of the 122 cattle on board the truck. As a result of the cattle on the roadway, several other crashes occurred. Not only did the local troopers, Illinois Department of Transportation, and local police and fire departments have to attend to the accidents, but local farmers helped in rounding up the livestock. Unfortunately, many cattle were injured from this crash and had to be euthanized.
While thankfully the news did not indicate that anyone suffered serious personal injuries from this chain of accidents is a reminder of the serious consequences of reckless driving behaviors such as speeding. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you can hold them liable through a personal injury lawsuit. Our law firm has successfully handled truck accident lawsuits since 1992, and we would be happy to assist you in a free consultation.