Robert Silance Injured In Champaign County Dump Truck Accident on Interstate 57

Robert Silance Injured In Champaign County Semi-Truck Accident With Dump Truck Along Interstate 57

Robert Silance Injured In Champaign County Dump Truck Accident on Interstate 57

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS (April 12, 2023) – A semi-truck driver identified as Robert Silance was injured in a Champaign County dump truck accident on Interstate 57.

Champaign County officials are saying that the accident took place on Tuesday. A dump truck entered the left lane of the freeway from the shoulder after working on the median cables.

The dump truck entered into the path of a semi-truck before it was hit by the semi-truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims.

The driver of the semi-truck identified as Robert Silance was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital in an ambulance. A passenger in the dump truck was also taken to the hospital.

Police shut down southbound lanes of I-57 from Pesotum and Tolono for several hours. A full investigation into the crash that injured Robert Silance remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Champaign County Dump Truck Accidents

Dump trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds and can be especially dangerous on the road. According to the Engineering News Record, “Dump truck accidents severe enough that the vehicle had to be towed away rose 9%, hitting 8,206 in 2016, the latest year statistics are available.” Poor driving habits and driving fatigue are two of the leading causes of dump truck accidents. There are a number of steps that dump truck drivers should take in order to avoid accidents.

  • Dump truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • Dump truck drivers should be well-rested before heading out onto the road.
  • Dump truck drivers may need to use a spotter when backing into certain locations.

Dump truck drivers will need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many accidents are caused by drivers that make 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.” When a dump truck driver makes an unsafe lane change, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a dump truck accident could extend beyond the at-fault driver. If a dump truck driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a dump truck driver may have been helping with a construction project. Victims of dump truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

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

Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after any accident. It is common for victims to be left with high medical bills. They may also need to take time off work. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a dump truck driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Champaign County Dump Truck Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Robert Silance as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other collisions like this.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Champaign County 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 support after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.