Posted On: March 26, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Truck Accident: Four People Injured When Two Semis and a Car Crash on Dan Ryan Expressway

Four people were hurt on Monday night during a Chicago truck crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The multi-vehicle collision happened on the South Side at around 10:40 pm when a semi-truck rear ended a car as traffic was slowing. Another semi-truck then hit the first truck before catching fire.

Three men and one woman sustained injuries—two of them were in serious-to-critical condition when they were transported to local hospitals. The driver of the second semi-truck received a citation for following too close.

Chicago, Illinois Truck Accident
The drivers of 18-wheeler trucks, semi-trucks, and other large trucks are operating heavy vehicles that often are carrying up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. Truckers have a responsibility to exercise caution on the roads so that they don’t cause serious injury to motorists or pedestrians.

Not just anyone can safely drive a large truck. Professional truck drivers must be properly licensed and trained. Meantime, trucking companies must make sure that they hire good drivers and that the truckers have the equipment and vehicles that they need to drive safely. Defect-free trucks and proper truck maintenance are essential if a truck driver is to operate a vehicle safely. Truckers must also follow the hours-of-service rule, which means that a truck driver should never exceed the number of hours that he/she is allowed to be on the road and must get the proper rest in between shifts so that fatigue or drowsiness doesn’t cause the driver to accidentally crash a truck, as well as other federal and state regulations.

Semi burns, 4 hurt in 3-vehicle crash on the Dan Ryan, Chicago-Sun Times, March 23, 2010

Semi-tractors collide on Ryan, WGN, March 23, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Chicago Department of Transportation

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