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Rollover Accident involving Semi-Truck Catches Fire

61153.jpgCommercial vehicles draw the ire of many motorists on the roads because the commercial vehicles tend to drive at a slower speed, may be difficult to pass, and may be less able to adapt to changing traffic conditions. But while they may seem frustrating, semi-trucks and other commercial carriers pose less of a threat for a collision than a typical passenger car. When compared mile-per-mile traveled, semi-trucks are involved in fewer traffic accidents than private vehicles and the drivers of those trucks less often bear the responsibility of the collision.

That is only half the picture because when a truck accident does take place, it is much more likely to cause serious injuries or even death than a collision with smaller cars. This is one of the reasons that semi-trucks and certain other large vehicles have increased insurance requirements in many states, including Illinois, as the damage that stems from a crash often is significant. When the driver of a semi is injured in an accident, is is possible that the driver will have multiple claims for her damages and the suffering she must endure. A personal injury claim can be possible against any motorist or entity that is responsible for the crash and if the trucker was working at the time of the accident, he may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well. To make sure you understand the totality of your options, you can consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been hurt or if your loved one was killed in a truck accident in Chicago.

Officials with the State of Illinois were informed of a significant rollover accident involving a semi-truck on Sunday morning. They responded to the scene of the crash on I-90 eastbound near I-294 and found that a tanker hauling fuel had rolled in a single vehicle accident. The incident caused the truck to catch fire and emergency crews were forced to extinguish the blaze when they responded shortly after 1:00 a.m.

Officials believe that the truck rolled when going around a corner but they are not sure whether speed played a factor. In some cases, an improperly filled tanker can lead to rollovers on curves if the liquid being hauled is able to cause significant changes in the center of gravity of a rig.

If you are a truck driver and you have been injured in an accident or if you were in another vehicle that was involved in a crash with a truck, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages and the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. want to help you do just that. To work with you, we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and if you choose to call, we will offer you a free case consultation without any obligation on your part.

The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C fights for the best possible outcome in every case we handle and if you have been injured, we want to start working for you now. Do not wait and do not hesitate; call Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us help you obtain the relief that you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Fleeing Car Kills Girl in Chicago Lawn, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published May 25, 2015.

Resource:

Semitrailer involved in fiery crash near Rosemont, by Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune, published May 31, 2015.