Joliet, Illinois is located at the intersection of I-55 and I-80, which are two of the most far-reaching interstates in the country and it is for this reason the city earned the name “Crossroads of Mid-America.” Millions of trucks pass through Joliet each year, making it a major transportation hub and increasing the exposure of residents to semi-trailers on the roads.
In recent years, truck-related fatalities have risen at an alarming rate, and company policy and driver negligence are contributing factors in many otherwise preventable accidents. The Joliet truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers continue to be the leading representatives of those injured due to the reckless or irresponsible actions of truck drivers and their employers.
Joliet is a Historic Transportation Hub
Chicago is one of the largest transportation hubs in the world and its suburbs contribute to a massive transportation network that is located ideally in the center of the nation. Joliet is only forty miles south of Chicago, and most southbound and westbound trucking traffic runs through I-55 or I-80. Drivers trying to avoid Chicago’s dense traffic and construction will often select a route that runs through Joliet. The two interstates split the country evenly— I-80 runs from the East Coast all the way to the West Coast, and I-55 runs from Chicago all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
Joliet serves the transportation industry both as a stop for traveling truck drivers who are driving across the nation and as a depot for the storage of materials in warehouses, which are sent off to their final destinations when required. The redirection of trucks can result in heavy traffic where I-55 and I-80 meet and results in increased accident rates along the interstates where frustrated and fatigued drivers attempt to navigate the congestion.
Trucking Accident Claims Life of Joliet Resident
In April of 2015, a Joliet man was killed when his stalled car was crushed beneath a semi-tractor as he attempted to move the vehicle off of the road. The impact was so severe that the semi-tractor slammed the victim’s vehicle into the median before completely crushing the car under its weight. Before the arrival of the authorities, the driver then backed the truck off of the vehicle and emergency workers needed to cut the victim free. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident, and it is most likely that he died before rescue workers had arrived.
This particular incident serves as a reminder of just how powerful semi-tractors are and the sheer force that is exerted upon another vehicle when they are involved in a collision.
Catastrophic Injuries Suffered in Joliet Trucking Accidents
When the victim in an accident involving a negligent truck driver survives the ordeal, his or her injuries are often life-altering in severity. Expensive medical care and long-term therapy only add insult to the injury because the victim’s family is burdened with the cost of caring for their loved one. The catastrophic injuries associated with truck crashes include the following.
- Traumatic brain injuries and extensive brain damage.
- Injuries to the neck, spine, and back.
- Mutilated and crushed limbs, which may require amputation.
- Deep lacerations and puncture wounds.
Joliet Truck Accident Lawyers Ready to Serve You 24-7
The Joliet truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe that safety begins with company policy. Truck companies are responsible for ensuring that their drivers are adequately trained and adhering to applicable laws as well as performing regular truck inspections and maintenance. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a truck crash, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award-winning Joliet truck accident lawyers to learn more about your legal options.
We have helped hundreds of personal injury clients collect the compensation that they are entitled to for the payment of medical bills, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Let us evaluate the details of your case to determine how we may best represent your interests. If we cannot collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.