Motorists in Illinois have reason to feel threatened by tractor-trailers, semis and 18-wheelers that share the roads with them. The shear size of a big rig is enough to make passenger vehicle operators feel vulnerable when they drive alongside the large trucks. Victims of car vs. truck accidents are seldom unscathed.
Experience and proper training are essential when driving any motor vehicle. It is particularly important, though, for individuals who wish to operate commercial trucks. These vehicles are difficult to maneuver and do not manage the same as typical passenger cars. As such, inadequate driver training can lead to truck accidents. Those in Illinois who have suffered losses in such events may seek relief through legal means.
According to news reports over the past several days, there have been a pair of truck crashes on Illinois interstate highways that are remarkably similar. In the tractor-trailer crash near Edwardsville a couple of days ago, traffic on Interstate 55 had slowed due to road construction.
The 29-year-old mother was driving home from church with her 18-month-old twin girls, Ruby and June, tucked into their safety seats in the car’s back seat. After the vehicle was engulfed in flames in a violent tractor-trailer crash on an interstate highway, none of them will get any older.
States across the nation are adopting ever-stricter laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. It is now clearer than ever before that driving under the influence creates an unacceptable level of risk and results in preventable deaths and injuries each year.
If you drive south of Edwardsville for about 170 miles, you will come to Metropolis, Illinois. The seat of Massac County was the site of a violent tractor-trailer crash on an interstate highway that left three people dead and six more hospitalized.
It’s common to hear about truck accidents occurring on expressways through Illinois. At the very least, such crashes cause traffic delays. However, the real issue is the truck size. Big-rigs are generally many times larger than other vehicles on the roads, and a truck accident will often involve multiple vehicles. Fatal truck accidents often result in the deaths of occupants in much smaller vehicles.
If you drive southeast of Edwardsville for about 140 miles, you will arrive in the small town of Carrier Mills, Illinois. The village of less than 2,000 residents was the site of a recent collision between a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle on US 45.
While Interstate 55 is close to Edwardsville, it’s much closer to Hamel a few miles northeast of us. The busy highway roars by the east side of the village.
You see it across Illinois and Missouri: drivers paying attention to their phones rather than to streets and traffic. Far too often the results of distracted driving are motor vehicle crashes and injuries.