Interstate 74 Truck Accident
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Interstate 74 (I-74) is a segmented interstate freeway moving traffic from the upper Midwest to the southeastern states. The highway begins in Davenport, Iowa, at the Interstate 80 interchange and ends in Cincinnati, Ohio, merging with Interstate 75.
The southeastern segmented freeway extension picks up again at the Virginia/North Carolina border and again just west of Greensboro to the south of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The freeway travels through or near major cities, including Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana. The Ohio Turnpike Commission and the U.S. Congress negotiated traffic plans, extending part of Interstate 74 to include a toll road.
The freeway junctions with other federal highways and state roads, including:
- 40 (Winston-Salem)
- 80 (Davenport)
- 80/280 (Moline, Colona)
- 55 (Normal, Bloomington)
- 57 (Champaign)
- 65 (Indianapolis)
- 69/465 (Indianapolis, Greensburg, West Harrison)
- 70 (Indianapolis)
- 75 (Cincinnati)
- 77 (Pine Ridge)
- 85 (Archdale)
- 95 (Lumberton)
- 155 (Morton)
- 275 (Miamitown)
- 465 (Indianapolis Speedway)
- 474 (Peoria, East Peoria)
What a Truck Accident Victim Should Know
The federal government regulates commercial vehicle transportation and hauling involving large commercial vehicles, long-haul truckers, 18-wheelers, and semi-tractor-trailers. These vehicles have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver error is the leading cause of most commercial vehicle crashes every year.
Contributing causative factors of truck-related accidents with injuries and fatalities involve:
- Overweight vehicles that affect stopping distance, maneuverability, and control
- Illegal maneuvering, including unlawful lane changes
- Driving inexperience
- Insufficient driver training and a lack of supervision
- Speeding based on the road and weather conditions
- Distraction and inattention
- Tailgating (following the vehicle ahead too closely)
- Misjudging another driver speed
- External distractions
- Failing to stop in time
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Worn tires
- Defective components
Every year, passenger vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks cause severe injuries, extensive property damage, and fatalities. Horrific cases leave the victim permanently disabled from a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or crushing injury.
The Illinois DOT released fatal truck accident data for 2018, noting 13,071 accidents resulted in 122 deaths and 2235 injuries.
Family members who have lost a loved one due to a preventable accident can file a compensation lawsuit based on the state’s wrongful death statute. However, determining fault could be complicated.
Semi-tractor-trailer crashes on the nation’s freeways can be catastrophic compared to a fender bender. Horrific crashes with semi-tractor-trailers might involve:
- A trucking company operating the vehicle and hiring employees to drive,
- A semi-hauling company facing a lawsuit or claim, employing high-priced lawyers to minimize their liability,
- The defendant’s attorney using state tort law to deflect accident-responsibility, pushing the blame toward the victim
In many cases, the insurance company will use effective strategies that identify an employee as an independent contractor. This tactic minimizes their liability using respondeat superior doctrines.
Lawyers working on behalf of the injured victim can build a case using evidence to prove the claim. Valuable evidence might include the semi-tractor-trailer driver’s drug testing results, travel logs, fuel receipts, electronic monitoring system (black box) data, and the State Highway Patrol’s reports.
Illinois State Police I-74 Truck Accident Reports
Hauling products, goods, and fuel across Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina in adverse weather conditions and congested traffic leads to accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that thousands of individuals are injured and killed every year on the nation’s freeways.
Many crashes on highways involve 18-wheelers, commercial trucks, semi-tractor-trailers, and long-haul truckers that crash in the passenger cars, leading to severe harm and death. Recent accidents posted online include:
Illinois, February 2021 – News reports indicate that a Morton man driving the wrong way in the eastbound lane collided with a commercial vehicle at night on I-74. The accident happened after 7:15 PM in Tazewell County, at the Interstate 474 Junction.
Although the trucker maneuvered to avoid the accident, the crash killed the passenger vehicle driver traveling west on the east lane. The crash caused the decedent’s car to spin out of control, landing in a ditch.
Another passenger car drove into a ditch to avoid the accident. Nearly three hours after the accident, Tazewell County law enforcement finally reopened the I-74 eastbound lanes.
Illinois, January 2021 – News reports revealed that a semi-tanker rear-ended another vehicle before crashing into the I-74 median near milepost 193. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) transported the injured motorist to the local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Illinois State Police report that the accident caused traffic to back up for miles until road crews could remove the road and median debris. Police ticketed the trucker for failing to reduce speed to prevent a crash.
Illinois, September 2020 – State police reported a commercial tractor-trailer crash closing a portion of I-74, near milepost 117. The accident closed the eastbound and westbound lanes while crews cleaned up the debris.
A semi-tractor-trailer traveling through a construction zone overturned, leaking its contents onto the westbound lane. Law enforcement cited the trucker for improperly changing lanes.
Illinois, August 2019 – The State police said that a commercial trucker rear-ended another semi-tractor-trailer after failing to reduce their speed. The accident happened around 2:00 PM. The collision caused the forward semi to rear-end a van.
The first semi-tractor-trailer was killed in the accident after the rig became engulfed in flames. Emergency medical technicians transported the van driver to the local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The state police closed the eastbound Oakwood off-ramp for hours.
Hiring a Freeway Accident Injury Attorney to Resolve a Compensation Claim
Our interstate injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide legal counsel for filing and resolving personal injury compensation claims.
Have you been harmed from an interstate collision? Contact our truck accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Our law firm will never charge a fee unless we can secure a financial award for you in your case.
Anyone who lost a loved one from a preventable death has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages, including medical bills, lost past and future earnings, loss of companionship, funeral costs, pain, and suffering.
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