A major truck accident recently occurred in Chicago that left the Dan Ryan Expressway shut down for nearly two hours. According to Patch.com, a semi-tractor trailer was transporting wrecked cars when it hit a disabled vehicle that was pulled off into a local right lane on the expressway. As a result of the impact, the side of the semi broke open and the wrecked vehicles it was carrying spilled out. The Illinois State Police reported that the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and one person sustained injuries, although they were said to be minor. That individual happened to be the driver of the disabled car that was pulled off into the right lane.
Most often in accidents like these where a large truck or load-carrying semi-trailer is involved, many individuals sustain severe injuries. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in this incident. But, because the truck did hit the disabled vehicle, our Chicago truck accident lawyers feel obligated to review the steps you should take in the event your vehicle becomes disabled on the highway or expressway to help prevent an accident such as this one from occurring.
Steps to Take After Your Vehicle Becomes Disabled on a Major Roadway
- Whether you are having mechanical issues or your vehicle has run out of gas, whatever the case may be, you are going to want to turn your flashers on immediately. This signals to other drivers that your car or truck is not properly functioning and that you are having trouble. If you are able to move your vehicle to a safer location aside from the middle of the highway, be sure to do so. The shoulder of the highway is an ideal place to get your vehicle to or in an emergency lane if one is nearby.
- Because the highway is a busy place to be, there is a great deal of risk by being stuck on it in a disabled vehicle. But, the (use IL or federal website) recommends that you stay inside your vehicle with your doors locked. However, if you weren’t able to move your vehicle onto to the shoulder or into an emergency lane, consider the next step.
- Use your cellphone to call for help. Perhaps you have a relative or friend that can come pick you up and remove you from this vulnerable situation you have now fallen into. If you don’t have someone to call, dial 911 for help. If your cellphone isn’t working, put a sign in the rear window asking for someone to call 911 for you.
- If you decide to leave the vehicle, place a note under the dash or under a windshield wiper explaining the problem and where you have gone.
- Lock your doors and take any valuables you may have inside with you. Things like electronics or even mail are items you will want to take with you.
In the event you were recently involved in a truck accident in the Chicago area, don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers here at Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. as we are here to serve you and answer any accident-related questions you may have. Our legal representatives also have the ability to assess your accident and determine the parties who might be liable for providing you with compensation. To speak with a legal professional now, simply call 1-312-384-1920.