All auto accidents have the potential to be frightening. But often, the terror only lasts an instant because a crash happens so fast. However, this is frequently not the case in chain-reaction crashes, which can last for several seconds or longer. Not only do the brains of the motorists involved have time to process the fear, but the continuous impacts reveal no details as to when the mayhem will cease. As a result, being in a chain-reaction crash can be truly horrifying.
One of these auto accidents took place over the weekend on Interstate 55 in Will County. On Sunday morning around 10:45am, motorists were driving on a wet roadway on the northbound side of I-55 near Route 126 northeast of Plainfield. A car began hydroplaning and crashed into a tractor-trailer. That impact started a chain reaction which involved two other vehicles. When it was over, two people were injured enough to require transport to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, though the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the trucking accident, and the results of their probe could weight heavily on any future personal injury lawsuits which may be filed in connection with this crash. It’s possible that the driver of the car which started the chain reaction wreck could be held liable for the entire incident – in which case the two injured victims could file suit against him or her. But depending on the circumstances, the driver of the 18-wheeler and/or one or both drivers of the other two vehicles could share some of that responsibility. If the truck driver is assigned part of the blame, his or her employer could also be named as a defendant in a suit, because companies are responsible for the actions of their employees while they are on the job.