Three Injured In Woodridge Semi-Truck Accident

Illinois State Police Investigating Woodridge Rollover Collision Involving Two Semi-Trucks on Interstate 355 by Boughton Road

Three Injured In Woodridge Semi-Truck Accident

WOODRIDGE, ILLINOIS (June 15, 2024) – At least three people were injured in a Woodridge car accident involving two semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle on Interstate 355.

DuPage County officials are saying that the collision took place around 7:16 p.m. on Friday. Two semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle were involved in a collision under uncertain conditions.

The force of the impact caused one of the semi-trucks and the passenger vehicle to roll over. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.

Three people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment. Illinois State Police shut down the northbound lanes of I-355 for several hours in order to investigate.

Liability For Woodridge Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks account for a relatively small number of vehicles on the roadway, but they are involved in a disproportionate number of serious accidents. According to the National Safety Council, “in 2022, 120,200 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury, a 2.5% increase from 2021. Since 2016, the number of trucks involved in injury crashes has increased 18% and the involvement rate per 100 million large truck miles driven has increased 5.7% to 37.” There are a number of steps that semi-truck companies should take in order to prevent collisions.

  • Truck companies should ensure that their fleet of vehicles is regularly inspected and well maintained.
  • Truck companies should ensure that their drivers are properly licensed and well trained.
  • Truck companies can equip their vehicles with technology such as forward collision avoidance systems.

Truck drivers must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many truck accidents are due to drivers who fail to exercise due care. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), drivers shall not operate their vehicles at a speed greater than what would be safe given the prevailing conditions of the road. If a truck driver failed to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Depending on the facts of any case, several other parties could be liable for a truck collision. This could include the company responsible for loading a truck. A large portion of truck accidents involve trucks that were loaded incorrectly. For example, a truck may be overloaded. Or a truck could have too much cargo loaded onto one specific side, which results in cargo shift. It is important that certain steps are taken after any truck accident.

  • The truck’s event data recorder (EDR) should be examined.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Accident reconstruction may need to be performed.
  • Medical records related to any injury should be preserved.

The full extent of a person’s injuries may not be immediately obvious after any truck accident. Victims are often left with long-term trauma that can impair their quality of life and ability to be gainfully employed. It is important for victims of semi-truck accidents to understand that they do have rights. Any person injured in a truck accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Investigating DuPage County Semi-Truck Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Woodridge semi-truck accident. It is our hope that all of the victims will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Woodridge semi-truck accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of truck accident attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. 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, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.