It doesn’t matter how skilled or experienced you are as a driver, when you are on the freeway traveling at 70 miles per hour with a five foot tall cement median on your left, and a 10,000 lbs. semi-truck on your right, it is natural to become a little nervous. Everyone knows the feeling, and it’s completely justified. During any given year, approximately 500,000 large trucks, tractor-trailers, and commercial vehicles are involved in accidents across the United States, causing over 130,000 people to sustain serious injuries. Due primarily to the enormous size and weight of these trailers, a vast majority of the individuals killed and injured in large truck accidents are drivers and passengers in other vehicles, and that means operating one of these rigs is a serious responsibility. (PR Newswire; TruckAccidents.org)
Yesterday, bail was set at $150,000 in the trial of the semi-truck driver allegedly at fault for a deadly accident in DuPage County. The Monday night crash resulted in the death of a 39-year-old toll way worker, and left an Illinois State Trooper hospitalized with third-degree burns, broken ribs and fractured shoulder bones. Reports indicate that the two men had stopped along the shoulder of Interstate 88 not far from Aurora to provide assistance to another semi driver whose rig had broken down. Despite the fact that both the toll way worker and state trooper’s vehicles had their emergency lights activated, the driver claimed he was unaware that anyone was stopped along the shoulder. A bond hearing Wednesday morning revealed that this error was likely due to sleep deprivation, as the DuPage County State’s Attorney reported that the defendant had slept just 3 ½ hours during a stretch of more than 36 hours of driving previous to the accident. The prosecution has filed charges of operating a commercial vehicle while impaired/fatigued, driving beyond the 11-hour rule, driving more than 14 hours and filing a false report of record and duty status. The Illinois State Trooper, a decorated Navy veteran, had just returned in June from deployment to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa; he remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. (Chicago Tribune-ChicagoLand)
Large trucks and commercial vehicles have an incredible potential to cause serious injuries and fatalities when involved in an accident, and that is why it is the responsibility of all truck drivers and owners to conduct themselves with the safety of everyone on the road in mind. If you have been injured because of a truck accident, or you are a survivor of a person killed because of negligence on the part of a truck driver or owner, our lawyers can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Together, our Chicago personal injury attorneys possess more than 130 years of experience, and have recovered over $520 million dollars in settlements for our clients. If you think you may have a case, call us for a free consultation to explore your legal options.