Was crosswind to blame in truck accident that injures 4?

On behalf of Mike Clancy

Early this month, four people were sent to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Doctors treated each of these individuals, three of which were released that same day. The fourth wasn’t as lucky, and although early reports didn’t indicate what type of injuries he suffered, they were reportedly serious.

The four individuals were involved in a three-vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 74 on Thursday, April 3. The driver of a tractor trailer was traveling in the left lane on the highway divided by a cable barrier. Illinois State Police reported that at approximately 6:32 a.m., the driver of the truck crossed through this barrier and into oncoming traffic.

When the truck broke through to the other side of the highway, it struck two other vehicles head-on. The man that was left with serious injuries was operating one of these secondary vehicles at the time. The driver of an Illinois Department of Transportation pickup, the driver of the semi truck and a passenger in that truck were the other three individuals who were treated and released.

Rain was falling hard that day, and The News-Gazette reported that an “extreme crosswind” was cited as the reason the truck swerved into the opposing lane. Does this claim — whether made by police or the driver — eliminate the possibility of truck driver negligence in causing the injuries that occurred that day?

The answer is no, it doesn’t automatically eliminate the possibility of negligence. An accident report may note a strong headwind or a sharp curve, but this shouldn’t prevent a victim from seeking a consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney who can help determine if there is a viable claim for damages.

Source: The News-Gazette, “UPDATED: Four injured in three-vehicle I-74 head-on collision,” Marcy Schenk, April 3, 2014

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Was crosswind to blame in truck accident that injures 4?