As a truck accident lawyer, I pay particular attention to truck crashes as they occur across the country. I was alarmed to hear the news that there were two significant tractor trailor crashes in the Chicago area this week.
Semi Rollover Snarls Traffic for Several Hours
A tractor trailer that rolled over early Wednesday morning in south suburban Bridgeview continued to snarl traffic for evening commuters.
The crash happened just after 8 a.m. on 95th Street near the Tri-State Tollway and prompted road closures for 95th Street between Harlem and the Tollway.
All ramps between Interstate 294 and 95th Street were also closed.
The roads remained closed into the evening Wednesday.
Traffic delays were reported in the northbound and southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue in Oak Lawn and Hickory Hills as the closures continued.
The cause of the crash remained unclear.
Trucker Crashes Into Overpass, Spills Load of Glass Bottles
IDOT officials will conduct thorough assessment of overpass later Thursday, officials said
Thorough Truck Accident Investigation
Even in truck crashes where (thankfully) no one is killed, it is still very important to ensure that a proper and thorough investigation is done. Given the complexities of the big trucks and their trailers, it is very difficult to ascertain the specific cause for the crash without a detailed study of the crash. Determining the specific cause of the crash, and the reasons or factors that lead to it can reveal safety violations by the truck driver, the trucking company, the shippers, the maintenance providers and other parties responsible for the safe operation and handling the truck and its load.
At Whiting Law Group, we maintain an emergency response truck accident investigation team. As you can see in the video above, our investigators and experts work quickly to ensure that all the relevant evidence is properly identified and secured. Doing so helps ensure that we can thoroughly and aggressively defend the rights of our clients.
Safety Is Everyone’s Concern
As mentioned above, the thorough investigation of all truck crashes can help remove unsafe commercial truck drivers and unscrupulous trucking companies from our roads. As a member of the National Advisory Board of APITLA, I am committed to making our public highways and byways as safe as possible through effective education, legislation and litigation. If you know of an unsafe trucking company or have other commercial vehicle safety concerns, please be sure to report them to the relevant authorities.