Pileup on I-294: Big Trucks Are Dangerous

When I saw the headlines yesterday of a big pileup on I-294 in Chicago involving as many as 45 vehicles, I was immediately taken back to the terrible crash on I-88 just a year ago this week. On I-88, an Illinois State Police Trooper was killed when a big truck veered off the highway and directly into the parked police vehicle. My concern subsided slightly when I read the details of yesterday crash, learning that no one was seriously injured.

A Truck Crash Is Always Dangerous

According to news reports, yesterday’s crash near Worth, Illinois was caused when a driver of a car rammed the back of a state trooper’s squad car as that trooper was investigating a previous accident.

In the ensuing moments following the initial crash, three tractor-trailers jack-knifed. One can only imagine the havoc and injury that could have occurred with those three big trucks swerving out of control. Thankfully, no one was killed in the ensuing chaos; there was only mild injuries and property damage.

That trucks can jack-knife in such a potentially lethal way is a perfect argument for why they need to be so closely regulated.  That kind of mass traveling down the road at highway speeds must be managed and handled in a very specific way so as to keep the motoring public as safe as possible.

Deadly Dangers Police Face

Truck Accident on I-294 Involved Big Trucks
Truck Accident on I-294 Involved Big Trucks

The cause of the accident is yet further evidence of the real and fatal dangers that State Troopers, and the police in general face, while trying to help maintain safety on our roads and highways. I imagine that the crash in Worth could have easily become another terrible accident like the one that took Trooper James Sauer’s life. We owe the men and women in uniform who respond to accidents to help us a great debt of gratitude.

As a truck accident lawyer, I am committed to continuing to pursue justice for my clients, and to coordinate with my colleagues at APITLA and the American Association of Justice to improve the safety record of the trucking industry.

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