A traffic accident on Chicago's South Side has left police scratching their heads about the causes of the accident involving a city fire truck and a civilian vehicle. One potential culprit is the failure of the brakes on the fire engine. A second potential cause of the accident is negligence on the part of the woman driving the other vehicle involved in the collision.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are more dangerous than accidents involving smaller vehicles. A fully loaded semitrailer can weigh 25 times more than a typical passenger car, so any collision between a large truck and a car can easily lead to catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Although it is, unfortunately, incredibly common to see the results of a car accident on the side of the road, the impact of a truck accident can be much more significant than a crash involving only passenger vehicles. The size of a large truck, such as a semi-truck, means that much more damage and more severe injuries can be caused in a truck accident. Anyone in Illinois who has been injured in such an accident may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from the negligent parties who caused them harm.
Tragedy often seems to strike far too often in a major city like Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan areas. Some people will likely just chalk this up to the price we pay to live in the third-largest city in America. However, the reality is that many so-called "accidents" can actually be attributed to the negligent or reckless actions of one individual. That appears to be the case in a recent fatal truck accident that occurred in the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago.
The size and weight disparity of trucks can cause catastrophic accidents and injuries. While car accidents can be unquestionably serious, truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. Victims and their family members may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages and other types of damages depending on the circumstances.