Trucking Accidents in Edwardsville, IL
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, nearly 50 percent of personal injury cases involve car and semi-truck accidents. Of those, trucking accidents accounted for more than 11,500 accidents in 2014 – 3.9% of all motor vehicle accidents in the state of Illinois.
Illinois truck accidents account for 10.2% of all fatal accidents, with 86 fatal crashes and 96 deaths occurring in 2014.
In Madison County specifically, there is a particularly deadly stretch of highway that numerous trucking accidents have occurred on. On Interstate 255, particularly by IL-143, accidents are common, especially during periods of construction. The frequent construction results in miles of backed up traffic and truckers are unable to reduce speed in time to avoid hitting the cars in front.
In the past two years, there have been multiple accidents, claiming the lives of innocent people. In June 2018, an accident involving a semi-truck and two cars resulted in serious injuries. In November 2017, a semi driver was charged in a deadly accident that claimed the lives of four. Before that, an elderly man sustained serious injuries on the same stretch of highway.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has taken steps to alert motorists of the construction, with marquee signs placed miles ahead of the construction zone. IDOT has even installed rumble strips in two places in hopes of alerting drivers of the upcoming danger and urge them to slow down.
A semi-truck may go by many names, but they all essentially mean the same thing – big rig, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailers, semi-truck, and many more. Regardless of the name, a semi-truck has the capability of causing a lot of danger and injury if involved in an accident.
While this may be obvious, the sheer size of the truck is enough to cause serious injury to the individuals involved, but there are other factors that influence the magnitude of the accident.