The vast amount of area that tractor trailers need while traveling the roadways acts as a testament to how much damage the vehicle could inflict should it collide with another vehicle or object while traveling. Anything in the path of an out-of-control vehicle of that magnitude could soon be in need of significant repairs. People involved in a truck accident can soon feel lucky to be alive while others must deal with the destruction left behind.
A semi-truck accident occurred in Illinois when a truck driver failed to remain on the roadway. The truck then hit a dump truck that had been sitting on the side of the road, injuring the dump truck driver. The semi-truck continued to travel, damaging a fence, power line and several unoccupied vehicles before the truck’s movements ceased in the parking lot of an automotive and tire business. The building of the business did suffer some damage caused by the truck to its garage doors.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident but there were no reports that alcohol was a factor. The driver at this time has been cited with an improper lane usage violation. It is unclear at this time whether the driver will be facing any other charges.
Though it is lucky that there were not more injuries sustained in this truck accident, the injured dump truck driver is lucky to be alive. The extent of his injuries was not reported, but he could be facing a financial strain should medical bills accumulate due to his treatment. The owners of the business could also be facing significant expenses in order to repair the damage to their garage doors. Those involved in the accident may wish to look into Illinois personal injury laws to see if they may be entitled for compensation from the driver deemed at fault for damages permissible under Illinois law.
Source: news-gazette.com, “Truck runs off I-74, damages business,” Mary Schenk, June 27, 2013