If you drive on an interstate in Illinois, you probably have to deal with tractor-trailers that are driving around you on the roadway. It’s important to give these big rigs a wide berth whenever possible, because even the slightest miscalculation by you or the truck driver can result in a serious truck accident.
Two such truck accidents took place this week within about a 17-hour period. On Monday afternoon around 1:45pm, an 18-wheeler reportedly rear-ended a minivan in DuPage County. The truck accident occurred on the northbound side of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) near the Hinsdale Oasis. Three people in the minivan had to be taken to a nearby hospital, though their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Then the following morning, a car and a tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 90 in Winnebago County. Shortly after 6:15am Tuesday, a Honda reportedly swerved in front of an 18-wheeler on the westbound side of I-90 just before the South Beloit toll plaza. The car then braked, causing the big rig to slam into it and then a concrete barrier. A female passenger had to be extricated from the car using the jaws of life and was taken to an area hospital.
Even though the trucks collided with the other vehicles in both instances, the assignment of blame may be markedly different. In the Tri-State Tollway truck accident, the truck driver (and his or her employer) will probably be held liable for the injuries to the minivan occupants. As a result, the victims could file personal injury lawsuits against the trucker and the trucking company.
But on I-90, authorities cited the driver of the car for improper lane usage, which indicates that the truck driver will likely not be held responsible for the truck accident. However, the injured passenger can choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the car’s driver if she so chooses.