A tragic truck accident occurred just a few weeks back leaving three people dead and one critically injured. The accident involved a semi tractor-trailer and a 2012 Chevrolet passenger car. The occupants who didn’t survive the accident were 19-year-old Julius J. Green, Precious M. Horace, 19, and Monteene D. Taylor, 21. The last passenger, who managed to survive the collision, was said to be in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center. According to the Chicago Tribune, the occupants of the Chevrolet were not wearing their seatbelts and one person was partially ejected from the vehicle.
The Chevrolet allegedly crashed into the back of the truck on Interstate 57 on the Far South Side, however neither party was identified as the initiator the accident. The news source reported that the 56-year-old driving the truck did not sustain any injuries. While the driver of the semi was protected by the sturdy truck he was traveling in, the passenger vehicle was photographed in a grassy median, totaled. This truck collision is only one of the many that transpire on roadways in Chicago and proves just how deadly they can be.
Did You Know?
Did you know that 97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2015 were occupants of the passenger vehicle” [Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)]? The fact is, the chance of a person surviving a large truck accident is much slimmer for those operating a car or other small automobile than someone driving a tractor trailer or commercial truck. We see this in the following statistics.
- In 2015, 2,100 people died in an accident involving a truck when driving or occupying a passenger vehicle.
- In 2015, 71 truck occupants who were involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle died as a result of the incident.
Because smaller vehicles are much more vulnerable in an accident when hit by a large commercial truck, the victims often suffer from brain damage, disabilities, and loss of mobility.
If you were the victim of a large truck collision in Chicago or you lost a loved one to a tragic accident, the personal injury lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. in Chicago can inform you on how you can recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
What are truck accident victims entitled to?
Many truck accidents arise because one or more individuals behaved negligently while driving. And when negligence is a factor in a collision, you and your family might be entitled to collect compensation for certain damages. Damages might include medical bills you incurred as a result of the accident, the pain and misfortune the accident has put you through, and even compensation for the wrongful death of a family member.
In order to collect this compensation, you would be required to file a personal injury claim and our Chicago truck accident lawyers can help get this accomplished. There is detailed paperwork that must be filed and it must be submitted in a timely manner before the statute of limitations expires. You can contact our firm now by calling 1-312-384-1920 to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney today regarding your recent truck crash.