If you happen to be out on the road next to a large semi-truck or freight van, it’s natural to feel intimidated. These vehicles tower over a vast majority of the automobiles that they share the road with, and their sheer size and mass is enough to cause serious damage in the event of a truck accident.
Yesterday, multiple people were hospitalized following a collision between a FedEx truck and another vehicle on Interstate 80 near Tinley Park. Illinois State Police say the crash occurred just after 3 a.m., and that the FedEx truck was carrying two trailers at the time of the accident. While it is unclear who was at fault, or how many people were injured in the incident, several of the individuals riding in the passenger vehicle had to be transported to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet for treatment; the driver of the FedEx truck was not injured. Westbound lanes on Interstate 80 remained closed for over an hour in the aftermath of the crash, but were reopened just before 5 a.m. (CBS Chicago)
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in our country, and of these, some 5,000 will result in fatalities. A staggering 98% of these tractor-trailer and large truck accident fatalities represent individuals riding in the passenger vehicles involved, showing just how dangerous these collisions can be. With our national economy benefitting from trucking revenues that totaled more than $610 billion last year, it is safe to say that big rigs won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, so it is important to know what to do if you are ever the victim of an accident.
Trucking companies and their drivers are expected to ensure that their trailers are maintained and their driving is responsible, and when they fail to perform this duty they risk the safety of themselves and everyone else on the road as well. (LegalInfo)
Our lawyers have experience representing clients in trucking accident cases involving distraction, intoxication, sleep-deprivation, overloaded and unsafe trucks, hit-and-runs, rear-end collisions, rollovers, and more. Recently, we settled a $6.5 million wrongful death lawsuit for the family of a 32-year-old woman killed by a negligent semi-truck driver, and we are always willing to help individuals and families that need it.
With trucking accidents comes a serious risk of severe injury, and our attorneys know how burdensome a long recovery can be. A person should never be penalized for the reckless actions of another driver on the road. If you have been injured we may be able to help you get you the compensation you deserve, and put your mind at ease in the process.