With six major interstate highways running through Chicago, the risk of being in a motor vehicle accident with a truck is high. In fact, thousands of people in Illinois are injured in truck accidents each year.
There were 11,301 crashes involving tractor-trailers in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), they accounted for 3.5 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the state that year. Worse, there was a 30 percent increase in the number of people killed in tractor-trailer crashes on Illinois roads and expressways from 2015 to 2016.
Tractor-trailer accidents account for 2.8 percent of all injury-causing crashes in Illinois. In 2016, more than 19 percent of injuries in such accidents prevented the victim from walking, driving or performing everyday activities that he or she was capable of before the crash occurred. Types of injuries included severe cuts, broken limbs and head or chest injuries, among others.
IDOT’s report on crash data trends from 2012 to 2016 indicated that large trucks were involved in 5.8 percent more accidents in 2016, compared to the preceding four years. There was also a 26 percent rise in fatal crashes that involved large trucks that year, compared to the previous four-year average. This marked a 41.4 percent increase in a year-over-year comparison between 2015 and 2016.
Truck accidents are far too common in Illinois. The enormous size and weight of commercial trucks make them extremely dangerous for passenger cars and other smaller motor vehicles. In truck accidents, more than 70 percent of the injuries and fatalities are suffered by automobile drivers and their passengers.
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