Yesterday was a deadly day on I-55 in Illinois. Tragically, five people were killed and another five were injured in two separate Illinois truck crashes on Rt 55, just outside of Chicago. The two truck crashes occurred about three miles from each other, near Elwood, IL.
Falsified Truck Logbooks
The above video footage, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, reveals the horrific nature of a deadly truck crash.
According to news reports by the Chicago Tribune, the truck driver in the crash that caused of deaths of four people, Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, was charged with keeping a false log book and willfully entering false information.
As I’ve written previously, it is important for truck accident attorneys to carefully review the logbooks of truck drivers involved in deadly crashes. These logbooks can often highlight logging violations and if so, if those violations were intentional.
While it’s too early to know if driver fatigue was a factor in this particular crash, that Mr. Espinal-Quiroz was cited for keeping a false log book is reason enough to consider it. Driver fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents and should be thoroughly explored as a possible cause in this deadly crash.
Securing Vital Evidence
Given the size and scope of both of the deadly crashes, it is important for the victims and their families that the accidents be thoroughly and impartially investigated. While the police will handle the on-scene investigation, it is very important that the attorneys for the victims and their families get their own truck accident investigators and experts involved as early as possible.
At Whiting Law Group, we have an on-call Emergency Response Truck Accident Investigation Team that can be on-scene within hours of receiving a call-out. This important team of truck accident investigators and truck experts ensures that critical evidence is documented, secured and preserved.
While our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those injured and killed in these crashes, my fellow truck accident attorneys and I will continue our work to make our roads safer through improved legislation, increased education and aggressive litigation.