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There was a massive multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 near Michigan City in Indiana on Thursday afternoon, January 23, 2014. The accident happened at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Weather conditions, including near-blizzard snow conditions that resulted in “whiteout” conditions, contributed to the accident, which involved 46 vehicles – including 19 semi trucks. Very cold temperatures imperiled those injured in the accident.

Three people died as a result of the multi-vehicle accident, and over 20 people were injured.

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The City of Chicago is close to approving another legal settlement regarding the May 2011 accident caused by a drunken City of Chicago worker who plowed his truck into a crowd of pedestrians on a Gold Coast sidewalk.

The May 22, 2011 post, titled “City Truck Collision Sends 8 To Hospital In Chicago,” summarizes the original truck accident. The December 12, 2012 post, titled “City Of Chicago $6.25 Million Settlement Of Lawsuit” summarizes a previous lawsuit settlement. The September 23, 2013 post, titled “$2.4 Million Jury Verdict Awarded To Man Hit By City Of Chicago Truck” discusses a jury verdict awarded to Stephen Dewart, who was also injured during the accident.

As well, the July 20, 2011 post, titled “Woman Hit By City of Chicago Truck May 21 Recall Accident” discusses the recollections and injuries of Jennifer Anton, a victim of this truck accident, who filed a civil lawsuit regarding this vehicle accident.

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There was a three-vehicle on Illinois Route 47 near Yorkville early Friday morning (December 27, 2013) in which two drivers were injured.

The vehicle accident, involving a semi and two pickup trucks, happened at approximately 7:14 a.m. near Illinois Route 47 and Walker Road. Dense fog may have played a role in the vehicle accident.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) say the accident happened when a semi truck “t-boned” an eastbound pickup truck. After this initial collision, the pickup truck then struck another pickup truck.

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According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) 2012 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) in 2012 there were 9,739 crashes involving tractor-trailers in Illinois. According to this publication, these tractor-trailer crashes accounted for 3.6% of the total crashes.

The November 14, 2013 Wall Street Journal discusses federal safety rules for the trucking industry that were enacted in July, in an article titled “Truckers Tire of Sleep Rules.”

An excerpt from the article:

Under the revised rule, the average workweek has been shortened to 70 hours from 82. They must take one 30-minute break during the first eight hours of driving. And the required 34-hour break between workweeks now must extend over two nights, including the hours between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Those changes are proving more disruptive because they are added on to existing requirements that limit drivers to driving 11 hours a day and require them to rest a consecutive 10 hours.

The changes are aimed at reducing chronic fatigue and related crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation agency responsible for highway safety. Fatalities in large truck crashes declined 26% from 5,111 to 3,757 in the decade ending in 2011, according to the FMCSA, but it considers that number still unacceptably high.

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There was a fatal vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway this afternoon (November 1, 2013) involving a semi truck and car.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 2:00 p.m., in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 (I-94) at 91st Street.

The accident happened when a car hit the front of a semi dump truck that was traveling in the right lane. The truck then hit the right concrete wall on the Dan Ryan’s shoulder, causing the truck’s driver to be ejected from the truck. Then, the truck crossed all of the Dan Ryan’s lanes and hit the concrete wall of the left expressway median.

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There was a truck accident on the inbound Stevenson Expressway Sunday night (October 20, 2013) in which a semi truck “rear-ended” another vehicle. Eight people were injured.

The accident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m., where the northbound Stevenson Expressway merges with the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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There was a fatal Cook County vehicle collision yesterday afternoon (October 15, 2013) invoving a garbage truck and car in Glenview, Illinois.

The collision happened as a garbage truck was traveling north on Harlem, and apparently “ran over” a car traveling east on Harrison Street. The accident happened at approximately 12:40 p.m., according to Glenview Police.

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In the May 22, 2011 blog post (“City Truck Collision Sends 8 To Hospital In Chicago Illinois“) the May 21, 2011 accident in which eight people were injured by a City Of Chicago truck was summarized.

A $2.4 million personal injury jury verdict from that accident has been announced in the case of Stephen Dewart. Dewart was injured by the City of Chicago truck mentioned above.

Dewart suffered a shattered fibula, a shattered tibia, and four fractured vertebrae in his back.

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