Tragedy struck twice yesterday in two separate truck accidents on Interstate 57. As noted in The Herald-News, the first semi-truck accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m about 30 miles south of Chicago. A truck was traveling southbound on the highway when it slammed into another truck in front of it. The impact caused the large vehicle to burst into flames. The driver of the engulfed truck was killed in the crash, while the truck driver who was rear-ended was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
That fatal morning truck accident was not the only destruction on I-57 yesterday. About an hour after traffic resumed following the first crash, a second semi accident struck the roadway. About 4:30 p.m. a northbound semi struck the rear of another semi that was slowed on the roadway only a few miles from the morning crash. A third semi then struck the wreckage created by the collision. One of the drivers of this second crash was also killed, though at the time of the report it was unclear which driver had died.
Failing to properly stop in time to prevent a collision is an extremely common form of highway accident. This is especially true with large semitrailers. The size and speed of these large machines makes it difficult for them to stop quickly when necessary. It is for that reason that warnings are often posted about not following these vehicles too closely or in blind areas. They simply do not maneuver as well as normal vehicles and therefore are more susceptible to accidents when road conditions require them to stop suddenly.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have been involved in many forms of semitrailer accidents, including rear-end collisions. We encourage all drivers, including semi drivers, to take extra precaution whenever traveling near big rig vehicles. Many of our highways are currently undergoing construction work, requiring many stop and start construction zones. These locations in particular pose dangerous risks to large vehicles that cannot change speeds as easily as small cars. Please pay particular attention to surrounding vehicles at these locations to best lower the risk of being involved in a tragictruck accident.