Multiple People Injured In Cherry Valley Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 39

Several People Injured In Cherry Valley Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 39 By South Perryville Road

Multiple People Injured In Cherry Valley Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 39

CHERRY VALLEY, ILLINOIS (March 30, 2023) – Multiple people were injured in a Cherry Valley multi-vehicle collision including a semi-truck on Interstate 39 by South Perryville Road.

Winnebago County officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:08 p.m. on Wednesday. A semi-truck, van and several other vehicles were involved in the collision.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.  Photos of the accident site showed extensive damage to the cab of a semi-truck as well as a white van.

The extent of all of the injuries remains unknown. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability for Cherry Valley Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and can be particularly dangerous to smaller vehicles. According to the FMCSA, “Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions.” There are a number of steps that truck companies can take in order to prevent collisions.

  • Truck companies should periodically inspect and maintain their vehicles.
  • Truck companies can install safety features on their fleet such as forward collision avoidance systems.
  • Truck companies can make sure that their drivers are well trained.

All semi-truck drivers will need to get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many car accidents are due to drivers that are speeding. According to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If any driver fails to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

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

If a semi-truck driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person that is injured in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.

Investigating An Illinois Semi-Truck Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a semi-truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here for you. 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 any type of help after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.