As the weather warms up and people seek to leave town for a few days, a great vacation can sometimes be ruined by the reckless and negligent actions of other individuals that can cause serious or even permanent injury. Here are some of the common causes of injuries during summer vacations:
On July 29, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., a semi-truck crashed with a passenger car, driven by a teenage woman, at the Randall and Hopps roads intersection in Elgin, Illinois. Elgin police report that the woman made her left turn from southbound Randall Road towards eastbound Hopps Road. The semi-truck, driven by a 57 year-old Wheeling man, did manage to sound its horn but could not avoid impact. Authorities pronounced the woman dead at the scene, but they have not released the identities of the drivers or if traffic tickets were issued.
Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $315,754.70 judgment at trial for our client against the United States of America for a crash caused by a U.S. Postal Service truck driver. The trial took place over several days in January and February 2018, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, located in Chicago.
On May 7, 2018, a Romeoville man was struck and killed on Route 53 near Greenwood Avenue in Romeoville, Illinois. Police say the crash occurred around 3:00 p.m. on Monday when the driver of the semi-truck, a 53 year-old man from Markham, struck the pedestrian as he attempted to cross the street.
On March 2, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., three semi-trucks and four cars were involved in a fiery crash on inbound I-290 in Elmhurst, near St. Charles Road. Immediately after the crash, a fire spread between multiple truck cabs and cars involved in the pileup. Witnesses told reporters that the crash "sounded like an explosion" in the neighboring areas. Illinois State Police arrived and immediately closed all inbound lanes of the Eisenhower, which remained closed until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.
For motorists like you, having to share the road with semi-trucks is an unfortunate but unavoidable reality. Just as you may find yourself taking your eyes off the road or your hands away from your vehicle's controls to eat, answer the phone or what have you, today's truck drivers face many of these same distractions.
A three-car crash on April 25, 2017, which resulted in at least one injury, occurred on northbound Route 83 at Frontage Road, just north of I-290 in Bensenville. Authorities say the crash happened around 12:30 p.m., causing all northbound lanes on Route 83 to be closed through the evening rush hour. The crash involved one passenger vehicle and two commercial trucks, causing all vehicles to sustain heavy damage.
A semi-truck jackknifed on I-88 near I-53 about 4:20 p.m. yesterday. Seven other vehicles including a landscape truck were involved in the crash. Four people were transferred to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Their condition is unknown at this time.
On October 21, 2015, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a car carrying three crashed into a semi-truck making a left turn and became wedged underneath the trailer in Harvey, Illinois. Police say the semi-truck was making a left turn from Center Street onto 159th Avenue when the car, a Nissan Maxima, headed eastbound on 159th Avenue crashed into the trailer.