Illinois highways are some of the most trafficked roads in the nation, full of semi-trucks, heavy farm equipment, flatbed truck trailers, and more. Not only does Illinois have a large and thriving economy of its own, but it is at the heart of America and handles much of the interstate traffic as goods are moved from place to place.
While Illinois has its fair share of truck accidents and car crashes, every so often an accident happens on Illinois roadways that is almost too strange to believe. Last month, for example, a truck driver with a load of cattle in a large cattle-hauling truck was driving under the influence and crashed into a parked semi on the side of I-80 in Joliet. Several cattle were thrown out of the truck and killed, while others were freed, wandered away from the scene of the accident, and had to be wrangled up by professional cowboys. The truck driver, who was charged with a DUI, was seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Truckers, DUIs, and Serious Crashes
Truck drivers are responsible for vehicles that weigh many tons and which often are filled with flammable or toxic chemicals. Even under the best circumstances, driving trucks is dangerous and the smallest mistake can have catastrophic consequences. When you add the influence of drugs or alcohol to the mix, the results can be disastrous.
Before the truck driver responsible for this particular accident hit the parked semi on the side of I-80, it swiped a small sedan. Luckily, the passengers of the sedan were not hurt, but other victims of truck accidents are not always so lucky.
Common Injuries in Semi-Truck Accidents
Victims of crashes with semi-trucks face a wide range of potential injuries. Some of the most serious of these include:
- Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Brain trauma
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
These injuries can substantially reduce a victim’s quality of life by making it impossible to work, walk, drive, enjoy intimate relationships, and so much more. Even when a victim makes a full recovery, the medical bills can be debilitatingly expensive. Fortunately, an intoxicated truck driver can often be held responsible through a civil personal injury lawsuit that allows the victim to recover monetary damages for their injuries and suffering.
Contact a Will County, IL Trucking Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a big rig driven by an inebriated driver, you know how your life can change in a split second. For help recovering damages from an accident in which you were seriously injured, contact a Joliet semi-truck accident attorney with McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC. Call us at 815-727-0100 and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation before you make any settlements.