When a driver slows to make a turn, it is crucial that vehicles behind that driver also slow their vehicles, especially large trucks. If a tractor trailer does not slow down when a vehicle in front of it is about to turn, it is likely that a truck accident will occur. Because tractor trailers can cause a considerable impact, serious injuries could also be an outcome of such an event.
It was recently reported that an accident involving a work truck and a tractor trailer took place in Illinois. The tractor trailer was apparently traveling behind the work truck when the work truck slowed down to make a turn. The tractor trailer driver did not slow down to accommodate for the truck in front of it, and as a result, the tractor trailer collided with the work truck.
The driver of the work truck was injured in the accident, but the injuries were, luckily, not considered life threatening. However, the exact extent of those injuries was not detailed in the report. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the incident. That driver did receive a citation for failing to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident.
Though the injuries the driver of the work truck suffered were not life-threatening, it is possible that the injuries were serious, as many truck accident injuries are. If that individual was seriously injured, he may wish to consider filing a personal injury claim in Illinois against the driver of the tractor trailer. Such a claim could help him seek financial relief for medical bills and other damages beyond any available workers’ compensation coverage.
Source: randolphcountyheraldtribune.com, “One injured in semi vs. truck accident“, Pete Spitler, May 18, 2015