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. According to the statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation there were 19,945 crashes involving one or more large trucks in 2014, with tractor-trailers involved in 11,585 of those collisions. Nearly 4,000 people were injured in truck accidents on Illinois roads and expressways. Worse, these crashes accounted for 13 percent of all of the state’s traffic fatalities in 2014.
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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