Posted On: May 20, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Dies in I-59 18-Wheeler Truck Accident

A tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 59 has claimed the life of a 58-year-old woman. Annie Hosey, 58, was driving a 1995 Buick Century when the collision with the 18-wheeler truck occurred.

The two motor vehicles were on the Northbound side of Interstate-59. Police are still trying to determine the cause of the traffic crash. Hosey was pronounced dead at the traffic crash site.

The offers a number of interesting facts about 18-wheeler trucks:
• 80,000 pounds is the legal weight for an 18-wheeler (compare this to the average car, which weighs around 5,000 pounds)
• The average length is 70-80 feet
• Cab length (by wheelbase) is between 245’ to 265’
• It takes longer to stop an 18-wheeler truck (about 40% more time) than it does a regular car

A collision with an 18-wheeler truck will usually result in serious injuries for pedestrians or the occupants of the other vehicle involved. In Will County, DuPage County, Cook County, and Lake County, Illinois, an experiencedChicago truck accident law firm can help you fight for your personal injury recovery.

Common causes of deadly 18-wheeler truck collisions:
• Inadequate driver training
• Overloaded trucks
• Faulty brakes
• Improper maintenance
• Driver fatigue
• Drugged driving
• Drunk driving
• Distracted driving
• Failure to obey traffic signs
• Cell phone use
• Text messaging
• Speeding
• Failure to adjust speed to road and weather conditions
• Poor visibility
• Failure to check for vehicles in blind spot
• Aggressive driving
• Driving more than the number of hours that are legally allowed
• Failure to check cargo and truck to make sure all safety measures are in place

There may be more than one party who should be held liable for your truck crash injuries.

Laurel woman killed in I-59 Wreck, Laurel Leader-Call, May 20, 2010

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