A Chicago truck driver was charged with four counts of manslaughter and 5 counts of vehicular homicide last week after a fatal crash on Interstate 80. (Chicago Tribune)
Police say that traffic on Interstate 80 was stalled when the driver’s rig struck several cars. One car, driven by a Maryland man, was struck from the rear, hurling it into another car carrying his pregnant wife and two children. All members of the family were killed.
With profits of well over $600 billion, the trucking industry is huge, and is expected to nearly double by 2015. (Legal-Info) This growth in commerce and trucking may be great for the economy, but as truck accidents such as these show, it could mean more danger for drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles.
The number of big rig trucks on the road is growing, and that means that there are more chances for cars and trucks to fall prey to these potentially lethal giants.
Around 500,000 trucking accidents happen every year in the United States. (CNJ Enterprises) With trailer trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., it is no wonder that 98% of fatalities in these accidents occur to the passengers of the vehicles, and not the truck driver.
These accidents also leave nearly 100,000 people a year with serious injuries, making it nearly impossible for them to earn income and pay their resulting medical bills. (CNJ Enterprises)
Trucking accidents can be the result of negligence by the driver, but in many cases responsibility for these crashes can also fall on the companies themselves, who are trusted in keeping their rigs well maintained and safe.
We understand that sometimes you do everything right, and accidents can still happen. That’s why our lawyers have spent years fighting for clients who have been injured to the negligence of others. Recently, our Illinois truck accident lawyers settled a lawsuit for $6.5 million for the family of a 32 year-old women killed by a semi driver who was under the influence of marijuana and operating an overloaded trailer.
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