A semi truck accident on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood has injured six people in an incident that showcases the dangers of accidents involving semi trucks.
Semi Truck Accident Leaves Driver, Five Others Injured
On April 8, 2019, at approximately 5:32 p.m., a semi truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 90/94, near Madison Street in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. According to the Illinois State Police, the semi truck drifted from the right lane of traffic and into the left lane, where the semi truck violently collided with another vehicle.
The driver of the truck and five people in the other vehicle were treated for injuries sustained in the semi truck accident. The truck’s driver may have been experiencing a medical emergency, according to police.
The Difficulties Posed by Semi Truck Accidents
Obtaining adequate compensation for the victims of a semi truck accident can be a difficult task. In most cases, semi trucks are commercial vehicles, used to transport goods for business purposes. Because of the nature of commercial activity, a crash involving a commercial vehicle may be more complex than other motor vehicle accidents. This complexity stems from the number of parties that may be involved.
In addition to the driver of the semi truck and the driver’s employer, very often another company may have hired the commercial transport company to ship its products. Still other companies may be involved as well. Given the number of potential parties involved, it is essential that an injured victim and his or her attorney identify and pursue all the parties who may be at fault. Failure to identify all of the potentially responsible parties within the time limited by law could forever prevent an injured victim from obtaining the financial compensation that he or she deserves.
And the injuries can be extreme. A semi truck accident can be especially devastating for a very simple reason: the size of the semi trucks themselves. Large semi trucks are forty or more times heavier than the average vehicle on the road. Because of its sheer weight, when a large semi truck crashes into a small vehicle, even at relatively low speeds, severe injuries can result. These may include broken bones, amputation of limbs, brain damage, paralysis, and even death.
Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers
The insurance companies representing the parties involved in a semi truck accident have a financial incentive to fight an injury victim every step of the way. They may try to downplay or even deny liability outright to reduce the amount of compensation that the victim may receive. It is important for the injured victim to have somebody to fight back, such as the Chicago truck accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers.
GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. With more than $2 billion recovered for our clients, GWC has the experience and the determination that plaintiffs need to obtain the justice they deserve.
If you have been injured in a semi truck accident, contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Call our office at (312) 999-9999 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.