You probably know the feeling. Sitting in your vehicle, driving down the interstate, when suddenly, a semi-truck is right next to you. If this scenario makes you uncomfortable, you aren’t the only one. The sheer size of tractor trailers makes them very difficult to operate, and when trucks are carrying a full loads, their mass can make abrupt breaking and maneuvering nearly impossible. Still, the trucking industry reported revenues equal to more than $600 billion last year, and revenues could double in the next two years alone. With so much money involved, it is safe to say that we will be sharing the road with tractor-trailers for a while, and as long as that is the case, large truck accidents will continue to be an issue of paramount importance to driver safety.
Earlier this week sixteen people were taken to Chicago-area hospitals following a 6 vehicle semi-truck accident on I-94 in Gurnee. According to preliminary reports from police, the accident occurred when a Western Star semi-truck struck a group of 5 vehicles, which were stopped on the road in traffic. The collision created a chain reaction, causing each vehicle to crash into the one in front of it and forcing the shut down of multiple lanes of the freeway while an investigation took place. Paramedics commented that 5 of the 16 injured in the accident were in critical condition when they left the scene, and added that all of them had been taken to Advocated Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. At the present time no charges have been filed, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. (Chicago Tribune)
Last year, 500,000 large truck accidents occurred in the United States. And despite the fact that the number of trucks on the road continues to climb each year, the number of deaths attributed to these accidents has remained fairly consistent, totaling about 5,000 fatalities annually. Due primarily to the enormity of tractor-trailers, a staggering 98% of these deaths are the individuals in the passenger vehicles, not the truck drivers themselves. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience helping individuals and the families of those who have been injured or killed in trucking accidents. Recently our attorneys represented the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed after being rear ended by a semi-truck. In addition to the loss of their wife and mother, our clients were also severely injured by the collision. Our team was able to prove that the driver was operating an overloaded and dangerous truck, and secured a $6.5 million settlement for the family. This ensured that their medical bills and final expenses were paid, and held the truck owners responsible for their negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to compensation, and we can help you get what you deserve.