Three Injured in Hillsboro, Illinois Tractor Trailer Accident
Posted on November 7th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Three people were injured in Montgomery County, Illinois on Oct. 24 when their car was struck by a tractor trailer. The collision occurred in Hillsboro, Illinois, just south of the Graham Correction Facility. The victims were driving westbound on N. 9 th Street in a 2008 Dodge Avenger, when the semi, heading southbound on Buckeye Trail, failed to yield. One of the passengers in the vehicle suffered from massive head trauma, a collapsed lung, and an assortment of cuts and bruises. Another suffered from head trauma, brain swelling, and a fracture of the C5 vertebrae. The third passenger was listed in serious condition with a broken pelvic bone. The driver of the tractor trailer was cited with failure to yield at an intersection.
The number of tractor trailer accidents causing death is trending down. Data analyzed from 2006-2010 showed that the amount of crashes resulting in injury or death and a tractor trailer went down by 11% from the previous four year period. This can be attributed to, amongst other things, better safety design in car, greater restrictions on work service hours for tractor trailer drivers, and increased awareness among drivers of the need for safety when driving. All of these things in concert are working to bring that trend line down, increasing safety for everyone involved.
Even with these improvements, however, injuries and deaths from tractor trailers in Illinois are still a problem. Over that four year period, 96 people were killed, with over 2,500 injured. The vast majority of these injuries are from people riding in a passenger vehicle, with the tractor trailer drivers only injured in rare occasions. This is due to the massive size disparity between the two vehicles; a fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh 20 times as much as a regular passenger car. Such a massive disparity can cause a vehicle to completely crumple on impact, leaving the driver defenseless.
With the average trucker driving 110,000 miles per year, it’s actually a testament to their skill that there aren’t more accidents. The profit margin for truckers and for trucking companies is extremely tight, so the monetary incentive is there for those looking to cut corners. This can be done by increasing the load weight beyond safety regulations, not inspecting trucks to make sure they are in proper working order, and pushing the hours of service in order to squeeze more productivity out of fatigued drivers. When these limits are pushed, accidents happen.
The Cagle Law Firm handles many Illinois tractor trailer accidents, and may be able to assist you in your claim. Our skilled, tenacious Illinois car accident attorneys will fight for you and help you receive the just compensation to fix your damages. Whether it was caused by tractor trailer driver fatigue or distraction, an improperly secured load, or simply changing lanes without checking their blind spot, Zane T. Cagle and the attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm will get you back on your feet. Call today at 1.800.685.3302 or 314.276.1681 to speak with our attorneys today.