Champaign is at the crossroads of three major interstates by which the majority of freight is transported by ground and thousands of trucks travel through or by Champaign every day. Illinois is home to one of the largest transportation networks in the country and its roads are notably more dangerous as a result of the constant flow of semi-tractors flowing in and out of the state.
The Champaign truck accident injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize the need for a quick and thorough investigation of every truck accident in order to hold negligent drivers and companies accountable and are here to serve your needs. If you or a loved one are in need of an attorney to assist you with your Champaign truck crash case, complete the intake form here for a free case review with a lawyer who has experience with Champaign truck collisions.
Champaign is the Crossroads of Central Illinois & Puts Motorists at Risk For Trucking Accidents
Located in the center of the state, much of the trucking traffic that is destined to leave Illinois or which is inbound from the East and West Coast travels through Champaign. I-57 runs north and south and directs inbound shipments to Chicago while I-74 and I-72 both run east and west. These three interstates carry traffic toward most destinations in the United States directly or through connections to other key routes. U.S. Route 45 and U.S. Route 150 also run through Champaign and provide access to local and regional destinations.
Two railroad lines run through Champaign as well and the city is home to a production facility owned by Kraft Foods. Local products and freight that cannot be shipped via rail are transported by truck instead. Champaign’s motorists have become so used to dealing with dense trucking traffic that many people have become oblivious to how dangerous semi-tractors can be.
Near Catastrophic Semi-Crash Accident Reminds us of Dangers in Champaign Area
In February of 2015, a truck driver was responsible for an accident on I-57 that threatened the lives of hundreds of Champaign’s residents. The driver was transporting a tanker filled with flammable chemicals commonly used in cleaning agents and the spill released toxic vapors into the air that are hazardous when inhaled. Nearly 100 homes in the vicinity were evacuated and the highway was shut down during the cleanup.
There was snow falling on the ground at the time of the incident and it was determined that the driver was speeding in order to make up time. He was given a citation for driving at a speed that is unsafe for weather conditions. Had the driver taken his time and remained patient, the entire incident could have been avoided.
Many drivers are overworked, fatigued or in a hurry to meet deadlines imposed on them by their employers and this causes them to take risks or act recklessly. When this occurs, the driver and his or her employer should both be placed under investigation to determine whether the problem extends past the driver’s personal decisions and is a symptom of poor policy decisions and willful violation of safety protocol.
Obtaining the Maximum Amount of Compensation for Your Champaign Truck Accident Injuries
Injuries resulting from truck crashes are often more severe than any other form of auto accident because of the weight and force involved. It is important to be certain that the compensation you receive for your injuries will cover the full financial impact your accident has had on you and your family both presently and in the future. The Champaign, Illinois truck accident lawyers of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers investigate every case from multiple angles in order to establish fault, determine the economic impact and seek compensation that is fair. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with an attorney and we will gather the information we need to advise you on your legal options.
We have helped thousands of personal injury clients just like you across Illinois and are confident in our ability to secure compensation on your behalf as well. For this reason, we will never expect payment until we’ve won your case in court or negotiated a settlement in your best interest. If we cannot collect damages for you, our services will be free.