Construction Worker Injured In Wayne County Semi-Truck Accident On I-64

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Construction Worker Injured In Wayne County Semi-Truck Accident On I-64

WAYNE COUNTY, ILLINOIS (May 28, 2022) – A construction worker was injured in an accident after a semi-truck hit a guardrail on Interstate 64 in Wayne County.

Wayne County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:24 a.m. on Tuesday. A semi-truck was traveling down the freeway when the passenger side trailer and tires hit a guardrail.

The force of the impact caused the guardrail to become airborne and struck a construction worker in the right leg. Paramedics  were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.

They were transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment. Police cited the 39-year-old driver of the semi-truck  with improper lane usage and no proper evidence of registration.

A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Illinois Semi-Truck Accidents

A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians. Among other things, trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians. Semi-trucks can also  be much wider than passenger vehicles. Inexperienced semi-truck drivers are more likely to be involved in collisions. There are a number of steps that truck companies should take in order to help prevent collisions.

  • All truck drivers should plan their routes ahead of time.
  • Truck companies must make sure their drivers have the proper license and credentials.
  • Trucks and all of their component parts must be properly maintained.

Truck drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety and must do everything in their power to avoid collisions. Many truck accidents are due to drivers that perform unsafe lane changes. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-709), “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” If a truck driver causes an accident by making an unsafe lane change, they can be held at fault through a civil claim. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations

The FMCSA requires  commercial trucks to carry around $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Trucks that haul hazardous materials will typically need higher policy limits. Any person that is injured in a truck accident may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. If an accident victim was working at the time of a collision, they may also be eligible to receive workers compensation. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating An Illinois Semi-Truck Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the construction worker injured in this Wayne County accident. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a  semi-truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.