Two People Injured In Poplar Grove Truck Accident On State Route 76 By Manchester Road
Truck Accident - February 12, 2022
Two People Sustained Injuries In Poplar Grove Collision Between Semi-Truck and Box Truck On State Route 76 By Manchester Road
POPLAR GROVE, ILLINOIS (February 9, 2022) – At least two people were injured in a crash between a semi-truck, box truck and white sedan in Poplar Grove along State Route 76 by Manchester Road.
Boone County police officials are saying that the collision took place on Friday morning. A box truck, semi-truck and white sedan were involved in a collision under unclear circumstances.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision to help all of the victims. A total of two people sustained injuries and had to be taken to the hospital to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the Poplar Grove collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Illinois Car Accidents
Commercial trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. Even a low impact collision can be catastrophic. Multi-vehicle collisions often leave victims with very serious injuries. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “Twelve percent of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 22 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2019 occurred in crashes with large trucks.” There are a number of steps that truck companies can take in order to prevent collisions.
- Truck companies should properly train their drivers. Driving a commercial truck is quite different from driving a passenger vehicle.
- Truck companies must remain compliant with FMCSA regulations. Drivers are only allowed to work a certain number of hours to avoid fatigue.
- Commercial trucks should receive periodic maintenance to ensure they are safe to drive.
One of the things that makes commercial trucks so dangerous is that they have large blind spots. They can make a large SUV completely disappear, which is why truck drivers must check their blind spots before turning or making 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 fails to operate their vehicle with reasonable safety they could be liable in the event of an accident.
If a truck driver was working a the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their drivers – insofar as those drivers were working within the course and scope of their job duties. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any truck accident. Physical evidence can paint a picture of what happened even in the absence of eye witnesses. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Even if the physical injuries from a truck accident heal, victims are often left with long-term psychological injuries. Any person that is injured in a truck accident may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An Illinois truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Illinois Car Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people who were injured in this car accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation so that steps can be taken to prevent similar collisions.
Have you or someone that you care about been involve in a truck accident? You may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support they need to recover. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.