Interstate 290 Truck Accident
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Interstate 290 (I-290) is a part of the Federal Highway System as an auxiliary route from Chicago Loop heading west and upward to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Dwight D Eisenhower Expressway is one segment of I-290 from I-294 two the Chicago Loop.
Initially, the segment was referred to as Congress Expressway. I-290 junctions at the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway at Rolling Meadows (I-90) with the Dan Ryan Expressway/John F. Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94).
The federal government honored Dwight D Eisenhower, who started the Highway System during his administration by naming the freeway after the United States' thirty-fourth president. A few years later, the planners extended the Expressway to Lake Street and North Avenue.
By 2004, a long stretch of I-290 was rebuilt in Schaumburg, replacing twenty-year-old asphalt. The Expressway junctions with other freeways in the Chicagoland metropolitan area, including interstates:
- 88 (Tri-State Tollway to Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway)
- 90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway toward Rockford/Chicago)
- 94 (Dan Ryan Expressway toward Indiana, Kennedy Expressway toward Wisconsin)
- 294 (Tri-State Tollway toward Milwaukee and Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway)
- 355 (Lake Street toward Joliet)
What Injured Truck Accident Victim Should Know
A semi truck's sheer size and weight can cause catastrophic consequences. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, which can cause extensive property damage, severe injury, and death when crashing into a passenger vehicle.
Many truckers are exhausted, attempting to meet their tight schedule delivery times, causing them to drive faster than the speed limit or neglect to take necessary breaks.
Common contributing factors to severe truck accidents include:
- Violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) trucking regulations that require periodic rest stops and taking a ten-hour break before starting a new driving day,
- Recklessly driving their fully loaded commercial vehicle by speeding, passing others unsafely, and making illegal lane changes,
- Tailgating passenger cars and other trucks that lead to catastrophic rear-end crashes in congested traffic areas,
- Overloading cargo in a box van or trailer, making it challenging to control the vehicle or stop quickly,
- Driving distracted when using electronic devices, including smartphones, navigation equipment, and electronic logbooks,
- Using illegal or prescribed medications to stay awake when driving long hours
Trucking companies pressured Congress decades ago to deregulate the trucking industry, placing profits over highway safety. Many investigations of horrific trucking accidents reveal that drivers violate "hours of service" rules that regulate the hours a trucker can drive before being off duty.
Many truckers earn their living by meeting tight schedules, requiring long hours behind the wheel, and driving quickly through congested traffic. Some truckers fail to inspect and maintain the commercial truck appropriately and never conduct daily inspections before heading out.
Illinois State Police Recently Reported I-290 Accidents
Most accidents involving semi-tractor-trailers are caused by truck driver negligence when the trucker is distracted, lacks experience, or fails to inspect their truck before driving.
The 2018 Illinois DOT truck accident statistics revealed 13,071 accidents resulting in 122 deaths in 2235 injuries that year. Recent truck accidents occurring on Chicagoland area freeways reported by news media online include:
Bellwood, November 4, 2020 – Illinois State Police (ISP) responded to a fatal crash Wednesday morning on the Eisenhower Expressway. The preliminary investigation revealed that a person died after a passenger vehicle was wedged underneath a commercial truck.
The crash happened at 25th Ave. on the inbound lane on the right shoulder lane. At the time, a commercial truck driver had stopped on the Expressway's shoulder lane before the car hit the back end of the semi-trailer.
The forceful impact trapped the car and driver underneath. Officials pronounced the passenger car driver dead at the accident site.
Troopers blocked the right lane to begin the investigation. The road was reopened early Wednesday afternoon.
Chicago, May 2020 – ISP shut down all lanes on eastbound I-290 after three semi-tractor-trailers collide. The late Sunday morning fiery accident occurred in Berkeley, just east of St. Charles Road, at about 11:00 A.M.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a red semi-tractor-trailer driver heading eastbound on I-290 in the center-right lane lost control of the car. The trucker rear-ended a white semi-truck, pushing that truck into another semi-tractor-trailer.
According to news reports, the crash caused two of the commercial trucks to ignite. In response, the State police closed all eastbound lanes and a westbound lane at the interchange. Officers said the streets remained closed until hours later (mid-afternoon).
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the injured truck driver to the local hospital.
Cook County, April 2016 – ISP responded to a three-vehicle accident involving Cook County Sheriff's deputies and another motorist on the Eisenhower Expressway. The accident occurred on eastbound I-290 near Forest Park at approximately 10:30 P.M.
According to news media reports, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the two injured deputies to the Maywood loyal University Medical Center. The other motorist was transported to Rush Oak Park Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials said that emergency crews removed the damaged cars and cleared debris from the roadway before reopening closed lanes at 3:00 A.M.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer to Resolve your I-290 Accident Compensation Claim
Were you injured, or was a loved one killed in a freeway truck crash? Contact our personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
Our highway accident injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will advise you on your best financial options and see if you are entitled to damages by pursuing a personal injury claim. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation.
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