I-57 Truck and Car Accident Lawyers
Have you been harmed in an interstate semi-truck crash? Call (888) 424-5757. The truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.
Please discuss your truck crash compensation claim with a Chicago, IL truck accident attorney who will protect your right to sue and obtain the compensation you might be entitled to receive.
Interstate 57 (I-57) runs southbound from Chicago, Illinois (I-94) across the bridge over the Mississippi River into Sikeston, Missouri (I-55), merging with Interstate 55. The intrastate freeway avoids congested traffic by bypassing St. Louis, Missouri, for a shorter and faster route to Memphis and New Orleans.
Initially, a 6.2-mile portion of I-57 was constructed in 1959 between Kankakee and Bradley. Between 1963 and 1970, road crews finished construction of the Dan Ryan Westlake extension in Chicago.
By 2016, Interstate 57 in Effingham was widened to six lanes. By 2022, a new interchange will provide access to travelers merging onto I-294. Future developments will extend Interstate 57 from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to U.S. 60 and down to North Little Rock at Interstate 40.
Travelers going through Illinois use Interstate 57, driving through major cities including Cairo, Marion, Fayette, West Frankfort, Mount Vernon, Salem, Effingham, Mattoon, Cumberland, Arcola, Tuscola, Champaign, Paxton, Clifton, Kankakee, Bourbonnais, University Park, Richton Park, Matteson, Calumet Park, and Chicago.
Truck Accident Victim? What You Should Know
Commercial semi-tractor-trailers cause catastrophic damage and fatalities when colliding with passenger vehicles due to their massive size and weight difference.
Injured victims can face life-changing damages involving intensive care, ongoing medical care, surgical procedures, rehabilitation, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and permanent disabilities.
The Illinois DOT released truck accident statistics for 2018, revealing 13,071 accidents involving 2235 injuries and 122 deaths. In the most horrific accidents, the victims' lives are permanently changed when suffering from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal organ injuries, cuts, lacerations, scarring, and disfigurement.
Families who have lost a loved one from a preventable crash can seek and obtain financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. However, these cases are complicated and often require a personal injury attorney who specializes in horrific accidents.
Complications could include:
- The truck is operated by a company and driven by a company employee,
- The trucking company owner and operator employ high-priced lawyers that minimize their liability,
- The trucking company uses the law to deflect the responsibility of who caused the crash, placing blame on the victim
Usually, these attorneys working for the defendants will use proven strategies deflecting responsibility, claiming that the trucker was an independent contractor and not an employee. This tactic can minimize their liability under a respondeat superior doctrine.
However, the victim's attorney can push back and collect evidence and facts to prove the claim. Evidence often involves the truck drivers' driving logs, fuel receipts, maintenance records, and drug testing results.
The lawyer can also use data from the semi-truck electronic monitoring system (black box) installed on the truck. Reports by the highway state police can also identify which motorist is at-fault based on an initial investigation of the crash scene.
I-57 Semi-Truck Accident Reports
State police officers know that many drivers' traveling hazards involve congested areas or adverse weather conditions on the state's highways. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, thousands of individuals were injured and killed in 2020 on intrastate and interstate freeways.
Many of these accidents involved commercial trucks, long-haul truckers, semi-tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers. Some of the most horrific accidents involve colliding with passenger vehicles leading to life-threatening injury and death.
Some recent accidents involving trucks in Illinois and eastern Missouri include:
Illinois, January 20, 2021 – Troopers reported that two commercial truck drivers were transported to the local hospital after colliding with each other on I-57 south of the Interstate 72 interchange. Law enforcement said that the early morning semi-truck accident happened around 5:00 AM.
The report indicated that two Freightliner 18-wheel vehicles traveling northbound were involved in a rear-end collision with each other in the right lane. Cleanup crews required several hours to remove debris and the damaged vehicles, narrowing traffic to one lane. Both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries.
Missouri, December 17, 2020 – State police closed the southbound lane of Interstate 57 in Mississippi County, Missouri, near Mile Marker 20. An accident involving two semi-trucks hauling tomatoes was involved in a crash accident around the early morning hours. Investigators closed the freeway to all traffic for over two hours while crews removed spilled tomatoes, debris, and the semi-tractor-trailers.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) transported a forty-three-year-old semi-tractor driver suffering severe injuries to a St. Louis, Missouri, hospital. One of the trailers split into pieces.
Illinois, December 4, 2020 – State Highway Patrol say they reopened I-57 lanes near 123rd St. after clearing the early morning accident scene involving a semi-truck. The early Friday morning accident involved an 18-wheeler rollover caused by a passenger vehicle rear-end crash.
The Illinois State Police report said that the driver of a 2008 Cadillac was heading northbound on I-57 around 1:00 AM before striking the back of a 2007 Freightliner commercial truck.
Illinois, January 28, 2021 – A two-vehicle crash was likely caused by icy road conditions in Edgewood, Illinois. Illinois State police said that the passenger car struck a semi-truck around 9:00 PM in Effingham County, near milepost 144.5 on Interstate 57.
Officers say that the southbound lane crash happened when the Nissan pickup driver lost control of their vehicle on slippery roads. The pickup swerved into another lane on the right side, striking a semi-tractor-trailer.
Emergency medical technicians transported the injured pickup driver to a local area hospital. Local law enforcement cited the driver for improper lane usage. The scene was cleared and all lanes were reopened during the early morning hours.
Illinois, December 29, 2020 – State police say they reopened the northbound lane of I-57 in Jefferson Cty late morning after first responders stopped the vehicle fire involved in a crash.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation indicated that the accident happened approximately two miles north of Ina. The devastation caused by the crash also closed traffic on one southbound lane for hours, backing up cars and semi-tractor-trailers to Mount Vernon at the Interstate 64 Junction.
Illinois, February 12, 2021 – An early morning Mount Vernon fatal accident involving a semi-tractor-trailer happened on I-57, where a pickup driver was killed. Investigative reports indicated that the pickup driver traveled across multiple northbound lanes on I-57 to exit the freeway on the off-ramp at Mile Marker 94 on Veterans Memorial Dr.
Investigators at the scene say the pickup driver "failed to negotiate" the lanes near the exit ramp and rear-ended the semi-truck trailer. No others in the commercial truck or at the scene were harmed.
Hire a Tractor Trailer Accident Injury Lawyer to Resolve Your Compensation Case
Our truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will advise you on your best financial options and whether you could be entitled to damages by pursuing a personal injury claim.
Have you or a family member suffered injuries during a commercial truck crash? Contact our truck accident lawyers at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your right to obtain compensation.
Our interstate injury attorneys accept personal injury cases using signed contingency fee agreements. The arrangement ensures you only pay for our services if we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Did your family lose a loved one through a preventable death caused by another's negligence? You can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages, including medical bills, lost earnings, funeral and burial costs, pain, and suffering.
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Our practice areas include car accidents, construction job injuries, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, product liability, and wrongful death. Our lawyers currently represent injured clients throughout Illinois in Cook County, Dupage County, Lake County, Peoria County, Will County, Winnebago County, Aurora, Chicago, Joliet, Schaumburg, and Waukegan.