A lot of large truck accidents occur every year in the United States, and these collisions can result in some of the most severe and long-lasting injuries we see as car accident lawyers. Additionally, these accidents can potentially result in fatalities that have devastating affects on families, both emotionally and financially. Last week, Illinois State police charged a trucker with vehicular homicide, and indicted the driver on additional charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, among others for his part in a four-vehicle crash that fatally injured a husband and wife on Interstate 81 last year.
In a news release from the Illinois State Police, officials said the 30-year-old truck driver was texting in stop and go traffic when his truck rear-ended a Chevrolet Tahoe stopped in front of him. The force pushed the SUV into the path of another tractor trailer, which then collided with a third semi-truck, resulting in a four car accident. The crash, which occurred near Interstate 81 Exit 57 in Silver Spring Township, closed down northbound lanes for more nearly 6 hours. One of the passengers in the Tahoe, a 64-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Her husband, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, but passed away two days later. The drivers of the involved semi-trucks sustained minor injuries. (ABC 27 WHTM)
The term trucking accident refers specifically to collisions involving large tractor-trailers, which weigh in excess of 10,000 lbs. Around 500,000 of these accidents occur in our country every year, and approximately 5,000 of them result in fatalities. The vast majority of the time, because of the sheer mass of semi-trucks, these fatalities are the drivers and passengers of other vehicles and that is why truck drivers and their companies have a responsibility to ensure that they are operating well maintained trucks and conducting themselves responsibly at all times. Driving while distracted no matter what the reason is extremely unsafe, and with advancements in technology, factors such as texting will be an increasingly prevalent cause of American traffic accidents. (Legal Info)
Recently our lawyers recovered a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a woman killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck being operated by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana. Additionally, the defendant and his company were found to be driving an overloaded and unsafe truck, in violation of federal regulations. The settlement helped pay for final expenses, and allowed the family to pay for their medical bills and future healthcare related costs, enabling them to focus on their recovery.
If you have ever had a loved one killed or injured because of questionable conduct on the part of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to compensation as well.