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Causes of Truck Accidents

Our roadways are filled with large semi-trucks. These large vehicles propose great dangers to smaller vehicles on the roads and are the cause of many accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 433,000 large trucks were reported to be involved in accidents in 2015. We must use caution to keep ourselves, our passengers, and other drivers safe. Unfortunately, no matter how much caution we use, other factors can cause an accident to occur such as; weather and road conditions, negligent behavior from the truck driver, mechanical errors, or careless truck companies. The following is a list of the common types of truck accidents that occur on our roads today.

  • Severe Weather
    • Extreme weather conditions make it extremely hard for truck drivers to drive safely. The driver can easily lose control in these conditions leading to multi-car pileups.
  • Poor Road Conditions or Construction
    • Roads that are covered in potholes present a lot of issues for truck drivers. Also, drivers attempting to maneuver around construction zones make driving even more hazardous.
  • Overloaded Cargo
    • Cargo can cause a lot of danger in many different ways. A large load of cargo can cause tire blowouts, jackknife accidents, or rollovers due to too much weight on the vehicle. If the cargo is not loaded properly, it can produce flying debris, causing even more dangers.
  • Mechanical Malfunction/Poor Maintenence
    • It is important that trucking companies maintain large trucks. If a truck driver is driving on worn tires or with faulty breaks, this can amplify their chance of getting into an accident.
  • Driver Fatigue
    • Many truck drivers are driving for long hours, leading to sleep deprivation and driver fatigue. If a driver is falling asleep behind the wheel, they are imposing a huge danger onto other drivers.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving
    • When a truck driver is speeding or failing to follow traffic laws, they are putting other drivers at a huge risk. If you see a truck that is driving recklessly, keep your distance and call the company’s number usually located on the back of the truck.
  • Inadequate Training
    • Driving a semi is a huge responsibility. If a truck driver has not had the proper training, they will not have the skills to drive defensively, imposing a hazard to other drivers.
  • Blind Spot
    • You should never follow a semi-truck closely, as they require more room to maneuver and have large blind spots. Driving in a truck’s blind spot causes many accidents, and you should always make sure that you can see the mirrors of the truck to avoid an accident.

As you can see, semi-truck accidents occur due to a variety of reasons, and avoiding an accident is not always possible. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney to provide you with appropriate legal guidance. The trucking accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent victims and will get you the compensation that you deserve. Our team handles a variety of trucking accident cases, such as:

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact the Danville attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule an initial consultation.


Semi-trailer collision sends 2 to hospital

Donald C. Hendershot, 63, of Gosport, Ind., and Simone Certain, 67, of Newton, Iowa, were both sent to the hospital Tuesday morning with non-life threatening injuries after their semi-trailers collided.

The crash occurred around 5 AM during inclement weather conditions. Both were traveling eastbound on Interstate 74, near milepost 213 near Danville. Possibly due to the inclement weather, Henderson lost control of the rear trailer of his Kenworth tractor with double trailers. The trailer rolled into the left lane after striking the north guardrail.

Certain, driving a 2012 International semi, tried to avoid the collision by swerving left into the median, where he then struck a concrete bridge railing.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and neither sustained life-threatening injuries. Neither were issued tickets.

To read more about this crash, keep checking our blog or check out the News-Gazette.


Semi-truck crash sends one to hospital

A twenty-four-year-old man from Herscher sustained life-threatening injuries after a semi-truck crash on Thursday morning. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for treatment following the collision.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. A semi-truck, driven by a twenty-three-year-old man from Glenwood, was traveling south on Lehigh Road, and the other was traveling east on Illinois Route 115 in a 2014 Ford Transit minivan. The truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the state road, colliding with the Glenwood man’s minivan. The driver of the truck received a citation for failure to stop by Illinois State Police. He was not injured in the crash.

To read more about this accident, keep checking our blog or read more at the Daily Journal.


Truck driver arrested for breaking car windows with a slingshot

A Wisconsin truck driver who has been terrorizing Interstate 74 since March was arrested in Urbana, Illinois on June 1. Kevin Lee Casey, 53, admitted to using a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter car windows as he drove his regular route.

Police had matched Casey to his truck using his license plate number, identified by video. They had been preparing to serve a search warrant when he was caught committing another vandalism by police and arrested.

Casey’s bond was set high at $2 million after Judge Robber Webber learned of his previous convictions for sexual assault of a child and domestic battery.

Casey will be formally charged with criminal damage to property, aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery to a child.

For more information on this developing story, check back with our blog or read more on The News-Gazette.


Champaign family involved in deadly crash on I-30 in Texas

A Champaign County family was involved in a deadly collision on I-30 in Mount Pleasant, Texas. A 42-year-old father of three from Savoy was driving a 2011 Toyota Sienna when the five-vehicle accident occurred. He was airlifted to a nearby trauma center for treatment. His wife (42), two sons (6 and 9), and daughter (2) were pronounced dead at the scene. A 64-year-old truck driver from Tennessee was also pronounced dead at the scene. A second semi-truck and two other vehicles were also involved, though the drivers and passenger in the other vehicles reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

Authorities do not know the exact cause of this five-vehicle wreck at this time, but additional information can be found on Illinois Homepage. We will update this story with any new developments.


Four vehicle collision in Iroquois County leaves 1 dead and at least 2 injured

A four-vehicle crash on Tuesday morning on Illinois 1 in Iroquois County resulted in the death of an Indiana man. At least two others were transported to a local hospital for treatment. According to authorities, the 75-year-old victim was stopped at a red light at an intersection on County Road 500 when a semi-trailer failed to stop and struck his vehicle from behind, pushing him into the intersection. His vehicle was struck by both a car and a minivan that were headed southbound in the intersection. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the semi-trailer was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Read the full news report on The News-Gazette, and check back here for updates on this tragic story.


Skokie semi truck crash left two with critical injuries

A collision between a semi tractor-trailer and an SUV in Skokie, Illinois on November 17 left two persons with critical injuries, a report for Chicago 5 stated.

In the information provided by Skokie authorities, a semi truck tipped on its side at 3:51 a.m. in the 4200 block of Golf Road after it had collided with the vehicle. Responding authorities have confirmed that two persons were brought to Evanston Hospital due to critical injuries, but they did not release any information regarding the identities of all the persons involved in the mishap. Authorities, as of the report, have closed the crash area while investigating the incident. Skokie police were urging the public to coordinate with them if they have witnessed the crash.

Vehicular accidents involving semi trucks are catastrophic in nature, leaving many families struggling. If this sounds like a situation you’ve found yourself in, enlisting a skilled legal team is critical, especially if you believe that negligent parties are involved. Call the Danville legal team of the Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 443-4343 to find out how we may possibly help you recover your loss.


Man hurt in Chicago garbage truck accident

At least one person suffered injuries in a recent collision between two garbage trucks in the Little Village neighborhood, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on October 26.

Information coming from the Chicago Fire Department revealed that around 11:30 a.m. two garbage trucks collided near Drake Avenue and 31st Street. One of the two truck drivers was transported to a hospital due to injuries. A utility post was damaged by the collision, which resulted in 1,600 households experiencing power loss, including the building of Cook County criminal courts. Authorities are investigating the incident to discover the cause.

Collisions involving trucks are often catastrophic in nature, especially because they leave families struggling with a great financial loss. However, if this happens to you in Danville, a personal injury lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C., can help you receive compensations if negligent parties are involved. Speak with us today by calling (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.


Female biker killed in Chicago semitrailer accident

A female bicyclist was recently killed after she was struck by a semitrailer truck in Chicago, a report of Daily Herald stated on August 17.

According to reports on August 16, a bicyclist identified as Lisa Kuivinen, 20, was struck while in the bicycle lane by a semitrailer in the vicinity of Racine Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue intersection. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago student succumbed to her injuries while receiving treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The semitrailer driver only identified as a 37-year-old man reportedly remained at the crash scene, police said. At least two citations were given to him by police for being reckless while behind the wheel and for driving a vehicle in a bike lane. He is expected to appear in court on September 15.

The Danville wrongful death legal team of the Spiros Law, P.C., express their sincere condolences to the family and friends who are grieving the recent loss of their loved one.


Fatigue found as a factor in Tracy Morgan crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded on August 11 that the Walmart truck driver involved in the deadly accident that seriously injured Tracy Morgan in New Jersey was sleep deprived at the time of the accident, Chicago Tribune reported.

According to NTSB, truck driver Kevin Roper was awake for 28 hours prior to the accident on June 7, 2014 that killed comedian James McNair and injured others, including Morgan. However, the Board also found that the severity of the injuries sustained in the accident could have been reduced if Morgan and the other passengers in the limo were wearing seatbelts and had properly adjusted their headrests. At least 21 people were involved in a series of collisions that occurred when Roper failed to slow his truck on the highway.

Losing a loved one in a truck accident can be a devastating occurrence. If your loved one has been the victim of a truck accident in the Danville area, the lawyers of the Spiros Law, P.C. may help you build your case against negligent parties. Find out how we may help you pursue damage claims today by calling 217-443-4343.