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Trucking Accident in Chicago Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

February 05, 2017

Like Georgia, Illinois is a state that sees its fair share of trucking accidents each year, with many of those trucking accidents being fatal. A recent accident involving four trucks and one passenger vehicle tragically left three people dead and many people asking who was to blame for the accident that closed a busy Illinois Highway for hours, according to a local news report. The chain reaction accident occurred southwest of Chicago and two vehicles involved in the accident caught fire. Two occupants of the one passenger vehicle involved lost their lives as well as one occupant of one of the semi-trucks. The cause of this accident is not yet known, and it will certainly be a complicated and lengthy process to investigate fully what went wrong.

It's Too Early to Place Blame on Any Particular Vehicle or Person

One of the trucks involved in this tragic accident is part of a trucking company that faced a federal investigation earlier this year, receiving three separate violations, the details of which are not completely known. Whether or not this truck played a role in causing this accident remains to be seen, but the fact that this trucking company has had prior federal violations has many people already placing some blame on one particular truck.

However, assumptions should never be made immediately following an accident because it takes extensive research and fact-finding to put the pieces of the puzzle back together. Investigators must look at the accident as an open book where anything is possible, ruling out certain causes during the course of the investigation. For example, if it is confirmed that none of the drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time the accident occurred, investigators can rule out intoxication as a cause of the accident. Similarly, if none of the drivers were speeding at the time the accident occurred, investigators can rule out speeding as a cause of the accident.

It is always a good idea to approach an accident with an open mind as every accident is unique and there are aspects of this accident that none of us are aware of at this time. While the cause of the accident is yet to be determined, it is indisputable that three individuals lost their lives, and have become another statistic in Illinois and the United States. Regardless of what continues to cause trucking accidents across the country, there are always steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of trucking accidents in the future.

Once an accident investigation report is available, the injured individuals and loved ones of those who died in the accident will have a better understanding of who may be responsible for causing the accident. If blame can be placed on one or more parties after a full investigation, the injured victims and loved ones of the deceased may have the opportunity to seek monetary compensation.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If a trucking accident has left you or a loved one injured and you believe someone else may be at fault for causing the accident, speaking with a qualified Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorney at Montlick & Associates will help you better understand what legal rights and options may be available to you. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has more than thirty years of experience providing legal representation to individuals from all across Georgia and handle numerous trucking accident cases on a regular basis. To speak with one of our Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorneys about your injuries, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333) to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at, to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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