In a two-vehicle auto accident, the speed of a faster-moving car results in a transfer of force to a slower-moving or stopped car. Sometimes, this force can cause the second vehicle to collide with yet another vehicle; this is known as a chain-reaction crash. And when you factor in the large amount of force generated by an out-of-control 18-wheeler, the subsequent chain-reaction crash can grow exponentially.
That’s apparently what happened earlier this month in a chain-reaction crash on the Tri-State Tollway near Gurnee. Around 10:45am on the morning of Friday, July 12, a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on the Tollway about a mile before Grand Avenue when it failed to slow down for stopped traffic in the two right lanes near Six Flags Great America. The semi struck a Honda Civic and a Jeep Cherokee, and those two vehicles in turn collided with a Ford Explorer, Toyota Prius, and Honda Pilot. News reports claim that anywhere from 12 to 16 people were injured enough to require transport to nearby hospitals. Of those, two of them were children who sustained critical injuries.
From the information given, it appears that the truck driver will be held responsible for the chain reaction truck accident. Since the trucker was employed by a transportation company, the firm will also be held liable for the injuries to the other motorists because Illinois law states that all employers are responsible for the on-the-job actions of their workers. Therefore, there is a strong likelihood that numerous personal injury lawsuits will be filed against the semi driver and the trucking company. These suits may seek reimbursement for medical costs such as ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and medications, and physical therapy sessions. Plaintiffs may also be awarded monetary damages for pain and suffering as well as unearned wages from any time missed at work due to the trucking accident.