Springfield Truck Accident Attorneys
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 dense volume of semi-tractors making their way through Illinois regularly 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 an disregard of the driver's truck company.
The Springfield truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC 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 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 significant portion of all freight traveling inbound to Chicago from the south and west will follow one of these two routes, and I-55 is the 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.
Deadly and Dangerous Springfield, Illinois truck accidents
Recent accidents in Springfield, Illinois, have revealed just how hazards the streets and interstates in the area are for visitors and residents. Some of those accidents include:
- In August 2020, one individual was killed and two others injured when involved in a deadly accident occurring on Interstate 72. The incident occurred near milepost 150 on Interstate 72. At the time of the accident, a service vehicle was working on a disabled tractor-trailer parked off the road. A second tractor-trailer rear-ended the disabled vehicle before striking the service truck. The thirty-two-year-old service truck operator was airlifted to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
- In October 2019, Illinois State Police (Fulton County) announced that an accident victim from Springfield lost control of his Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer, leading to the fatal accident. The forty-two-year-old truck driver had exited the roadway before his vehicle overturned in the eastbound lane on Route seventy-eight. Local law enforcement said that excessive speed hundred and severe snowy conditions caused the crash.
In 2018, the Illinois Department of Transportation identified 3680 accidents occurring within the city limits of Springfield, Illinois, resulting in ten deaths, and 1166 injuries. By far, rear-end collisions (1047), turning accidents (664), and hitting a vehicle in an angle (655), topped the list of leading factors in crashes in the city. The ten deaths included one victim hit and an angle, to victims hit by a fixed object, for victims involved in turning accidents, two pedal-cyclists, and one pedestrian.
Trucking Accidents Have High Mortality Rate Compared to Passenger Vehicles
As a Chicago truck accident lawyer understands, 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 one year 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 hazardous machines capable of causing extensive injuries. Many of our personal injury claims resulting from large trucks and auto accidents involve:
- Severed or mutilated limbs
- Deep cuts and puncture wounds. If infected, these wounds may facilitate the need for amputation
- Compound fractures and broken 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 tractor-trailer drivers to make tight deadlines, and encourage an atmosphere in which safety is not a priority. Often, their actions violate regulations mandated by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). 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 commercial truck drivers are not involved in deadly vehicle accidents should be worth the cost, but greed often influences decisions at the corporate level.
Hiring a Springfield, IL Truck Accident Lawyer
The Springfield truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC 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 of experts includes experienced commercial vehicle accident reconstruction specialists who can gather all the evidence needed to win your case and medical professionals who can treat your injuries. These experts 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. Through legal advice and expert testimony, we can ensure that your personal injury claim involving a motor vehicle accident is successfully resolved.
If you or a loved one were involved in the Chicago truck accident, contact us today for a free case evaluation. Learn more about how we can maximize the value of your truck accident case and ensure that your injuries do not become a financial burden on you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys fight aggressively on your behalf of accident victims to ensure the insurance company provides adequate compensation to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you won't owe us a thing.
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