A semi truck accident involving two commercial vehicles transpired earlier this morning in Morton, Illinois – according to MortonTimesNews.com. According to Illinois State Police, at around 4:20 this morning a semi truck was traveling westbound along Interstate 74 when the 63-year-old commercial vehicle driver lost control of his vehicle. A second semi truck traveling behind the truck was unable to avoid the vehicle and caused a subsequent collision. The collision caused the first semi truck to overturn causing the truck’s cargo of frozen chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls to spill onto the interstate. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Illinois semi truck accident caused traffic to be rerouted for several hours while road crews cleaned up the spilled cargo. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers know that semi truck accidents occur each day on our roadways due to a number of factors. Although drivers of large commercial vehicles are specially trained to operate 80,000 pound vehicles and transport them thousands of miles, one wrong move could prove fatal for the driver, as well as, surrounding vehicle drivers. Some of the most common factors contributing to a semi truck accident include:
– Unsafe Operation: General poor driving, excessive speed, cell phone use – Driver Impairment: Operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – Driver Fatigue: A sleepy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver – Unsecured Loads: A truck’s cargo may come loose during travel and expel off vehicle – Un-Maintained Vehicles: a defective vehicle or part poses an extreme roadway threat
When any of the above mentioned factors contributes to a semi truck collision, accident victims may seek legal relief for damages incurred. Given the fact that these types of accidents tend to be more severe and life-altering than most types of motor vehicle accidents, it is important to obtain an experienced Chicago semi truck accident attorney to help handle your claim. Our attorneys have expertly handled a number of personal injury and wrongful death claims and ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. Accident victims may obtain compensation for various damages including: loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, in addition to, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a semi truck accident, please contact an Illinois personal injury attorney to help evaluate your case.