Large trucks such as 18-wheelers and other freight vehicles can cause serious problems for other drivers on Chicago’s roads. As they are very large and generally cannot start or stop as fast as smaller cars, semi-trucks can quickly become hazards for those that must drive near them. A recent accident in the city’s Southwest Side ide demonstrates this terrifying phenomenon.
A car carrying a driver and one passenger collided with a semi on South Damen. The early morning crash occurred just where the road goes over the Stevenson Expressway. The city deployed its Major Accident Unit to perform an accident investigation into the matter, though it appears that the smaller vehicle hit the large truck while the semi was making a left-hand turn.
As a result of the crash, the passenger in the smaller vehicle was killed. The driver of the smaller vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to Stroger Hospital and is in critical condition. It is unknown at this time if the driver of the semi-truck suffered any injuries in the motor vehicle accident.
Not every accident involving a semi-truck is the semi driver’s fault, but when large trucks are involved in fatal collisions a lot of factors have to be investigated in order to determine a definitive cause of the crash. Those who are injured or who lose loved ones in semi-truck accidents sometimes have to work with investigators in order to provide information on what happened before, during and after the crash.
For accident victims and their family members who want to protect their legal rights to seek compensation for their accident-related injuries, a personal injury attorney in the greater Chicago area can offer help. Victims should not have to worry about the financial consequences of a crash while recovering from a serious automobile crash that was caused by someone else.
Source: WGNtv.com, “1 dead, 1 critically injured after car, semi wreck,” March 29, 2015