Springfield, Illinois is one of the many stops along I-55, by which millions of trucks travel yearly to southern destinations out of Chicago and its suburbs. The heavy volume of semi-tractors making their way through Illinois on a regular basis makes the state one of the deadliest to travel through and recent years have seen an alarming increase in the number of reported fatalities due to truck driver negligence. The Springfield truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to doing whatever it takes to secure compensation for the victims of preventable truck crashes.
Springfield at Important Crossroads for Illinois Transportation
The city of Springfield is at the intersection of I-55 and I-72, which are two vital arteries for the transport of materials and goods in and out of the state of Illinois. I-55 extends all the way from Chicago to Louisiana while I-72 runs east and west, allowing travelers to reach Missouri to the west and Champaign and Decatur to the east. A large portion of all freight traveling inbound to Chicago from the south and west will follow one of these two routes and I-55 is a main thoroughfare for the transport of goods originating in Chicago.
The strategic importance of Chicago as a major transportation hub has impacted the rest of the state by increasing the density of trucking traffic through all of Illinois’s major cities. Over 6.6 billion miles were logged by trucking companies in Illinois in 2013 and I-55 was one of the most highly trafficked roads in the state. It is also for this reason that Illinois has a higher accident and fatality rate than most other states in the country.
Trucking Accidents Have High Mortality Rate Compared to Passenger Vehicles
Truck accidents are five times as likely to result in fatal injuries as accidents involving other types of automobiles. There were far fewer truck crashes reported throughout Illinois in 2013, but the number of fatalities and catastrophic injuries resulting from the incidents involving trucks was telling. In a one year period between 2012 and 2013, the number of trucking fatalities rose by 16% and the number of accidents resulting in severe or life-threatening injuries represented 19% of all those injured in this type of accident. The power of semi-tractors to crush and mangle smaller vehicles, even while traveling at low speeds, makes them very dangerous machines capable of causing extensive injuries, such as the following.
- Severed or mutilated limbs.
- Deep cuts and puncture wounds. If infected, these wounds may facilitate the need for amputation.
- Compound fractures and crushed bones.
- Brain damage and neurological disorders from extensive trauma.
- Neck, spine and back injuries, resulting in full or partial paralysis.
Trucking companies will often cut corners, pressure drivers to make tight deadlines and encourage an atmosphere in which safety is not a priority. Taking the time to perform routine equipment inspections, repair and maintain trucks takes them off of the road and impacts the bottom line. Ensuring that drivers are not involved in deadly accidents should be worth the cost, but greed often influences decisions at the corporate level.
Get Legal Help Now For a Springfield, IL Truck Accident Case
The Springfield truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe that protecting the lives of those who must share the roads with these large and deadly vehicles should be the top priority and have represented thousands of truck crash victims across the State of Illinois. Our team includes experienced accident reconstruction specialists who can gather all of the evidence needed to win your case, medical professionals who can treat your injuries and provide testimony to support the value of your recovery and ongoing care and economists who can provide an accurate assessment of the financial impact that your injuries will have on your finances.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can maximize the value of your case and ensure that your injuries do not become a financial burden on you and your family. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you won’t owe us a thing.