Semi-truck accidents are often deadly or cause serious injuries due to the weight of the truck. In a recent news report, a person's fatal injury reportedly stopped traffic on a section of I-39 between Baxter Road and Route 72 during rush hour due to an accident with a semi. The accident took place on June 16, and the story is sadly a common one.
In this situation, the Illinois State Police reported that they believe a semi-truck driver was speeding when he suddenly needed to stop. The accident, which happened at around 3:00 p.m., occurred because that driver couldn't slow his vehicle in time. That resulted in the semi crashing into the back of an unsuspecting driver's car.
The news reports that the 74-year-old man inside the vehicle died in the accident after his vehicle was stuck and shoved into a ditch. After being hit, his vehicle went on to hit three more vehicles, and they all scattered across the southbound lanes of traffic. Fortunately, no one else in the accident was reported as being injured, although their vehicles may have sustained serious damage from multiple impacts.
The truck driver in this case has been cited for failing to reduce speed, but that won't help this man's family deal with their loss. In cases like this, it's not uncommon for a person to request compensation and other punishments for the driver at fault.
If you've been involved in an accident like this one, you're not alone. It's important to talk about your wants and needs with someone who can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve out of this horrible situation.
Source: WIFR, "UPDATE: Deadly Crash Shuts Down I-39" Shannon Smith, Jun. 17, 2014