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Terrifying Dash Cam Video Emphasizes Dangers of Semi-Truck Crashes

 Posted on October 13, 2021 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerSevere and fatal truck crashes can happen in the blink of an eye. Few videos demonstrate the immediate chaos of a semi-truck crash better than a recent video of a fatal Illinois truck accident. The video shows the semi-truck careen into oncoming traffic before bursting into flames. Sadly, the October 5, 2021 accident left the 34-year-old truck driver with fatal injuries. Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the accident scene. Truck crashes like these are not uncommon in Illinois and victims are often left with gruesome injuries that require long-term medical treatment.

Truck Accident Liability Is Not Always Clear

Crashes involving large commercial trucks can be caused by any number of factors. Sometimes the truck itself is the underlying cause of the accident. Trucks that have not been properly serviced may contain weaknesses that make an accident inevitable. Manufacturing or design defects in the truck’s tires, steering mechanism, brakes, or other truck parts can also cause preventable truck crashes.

The truck driver, or more likely, the driver’s employer, may be liable for truck crashes called by driver negligence. Fatigued driving, distracted driving, and intoxicated driving may all contribute to a truck collision. In some truck crashes, several different parties share responsibility for the accident. Determining who is legally responsible for a truck crash and gathering evidence of that party’s negligence is a huge component of building a strong truck accident claim.

Seeking Compensation After a Truck Crash

A truck accident that occurs in split second can cause years of suffering. Truck accident victims commonly suffer severe and catastrophic injuries including spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation injuries, and burns. These injuries require expensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Medical costs combined with an injured person’s lost income can cause significant financial hardship. Fatal truck accidents can leave a family grieving the loss of their loved one while struggling to make ends meet without the deceased person’s financial support.

Truck accident victims and their families may be entitled to financial reimbursement for damages such as these. They may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses including physical therapy or other rehabilitative care, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and more. They may also be compensated for the intangible harm caused by the accident including loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, or disfiguration.




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