One of the more unwieldy and dangerous types of auto accidents in Illinois is when an 18-wheeler jackknifes. That’s when the cab and the trailer of the semi begin traveling in different angles, resulting in a total loss of control of the vehicle. It’s bad whenever a big rig jackknifes on a deserted road or an empty highway; but when the crash occurs on a busy freeway, the potential for injuries and deaths is enormous.
Thankfully, no one was killed in a jackknifed truck accident on a Chicago freeway this week. On Wednesday afternoon around 4:30pm, a multi-vehicle collision was reported on the inbound portion of the Chicago Skyway around 69th Street, which is less than a mile from the merge with the Dan Ryan Expressway. a tractor-trailer had jackknifed and the front of a sport utility vehicle became pinned underneath the back of another 18-wheeler. Two more vehicles were also involved in the crash. A total of five people had to be rushed to area hospitals, with one child and two adults in serious-to-critical condition, and two other adults with less serious injuries.
It’s unclear at this time exactly what caused the truck accident. But once a police investigation determines who the at-fault driver(s) was, the injured victims may be able to file personal injury lawsuits against the person(s). These suits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering, and compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism.
Obviously, the parents of the injured child would have to file such a suit on their kid’s behalf. If one of the trucks was found to have caused the pileup, both the driver and his or her employer could be held liable for the injuries, since Illinois law dictates that all employers are responsible for the actions of their employees.