Truck accidents have the potential to cause significant injuries, particularly on highways where speeds tend to be higher. Trucks also have the capacity to carry large amounts of fuel, which can quickly become a hazard during an accident. All of these factors came into play in a recent Illinois truck accident that tied up traffic for hours.
The accident took place on the Jane Addams Tollway, also known as Interstate 90, in Marengo. Police say that a semitrailer was headed east in the area near Route 20 when it hit the median, causing it to catch on fire.
A pickup truck that was headed in the opposite direction at the same time was hit by fuel and debris from the crashing semitrailer, which resulted in the pickup truck crashing as well.
The smoke and fire from the accident was reportedly so significant that police were forced to close all lanes of the interstate in both directions. This led to a backup of traffic that extended for several miles and also snarled traffic on nearby Route 20, which was used as an alternative route during the closure of I-90.
The semi-trailer’s driver was treated for minor injuries. The pickup truck driver managed to escape injury in the fiery crash. The cause of the truck accident is currently being investigated by police.
Although no official cause has been identified by police in the Illinois case, there are a number of factors that can contribute to trucking accidents on highways. Sometimes, accidents occur when a driver is distracted for even a moment by the radio or a cell phone. In other cases, alcohol or speeding might play a role.
When a person is injured as a result of the negligence of another party in a trucking accident, they might have an attorney evaluate their case and options regarding compensation. Medical bills for a highway accident can be hefty, and other expenses could arise as a result of recovery, such as lost wages.
Source: Daily Herald, “One injury in I-90 truck crash near Marengo,” Lenore T. Adkins, May 1, 2013