Semi Truck Accidents That Occur In Will County, Illinois

Semi truck accidents in Will County occur in significant numbers for various reasons, as discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page. Due to many physical characteristics of trucks, as well as the physics involved of driving and stopping trucks, trucks inherently are prone to loss of control issues. Many of these loss of control incidents lead to semi truck accidents in which people are often seriously, if not fatally, injured. This is especially so in truck accidents involving smaller vehicles such as cars, SUVs and pickup trucks, which have a distinctive weight and size disadvantage. A recent example of such semi truck accidents can be seen in the February 19, 2019 fatal Manhattan crash at the intersection of Cedar Road and Baker Road; a pickup truck and a semi truck were involved. Further instances of serious Will County semi truck accidents that have caused injury and in some cases death can be seen discussed in posts found under the “truck accidents” category.

There was another serious truck accident Wednesday (February 20, 2019) night in Plainfield. The truck crash occurred on Route 59 and was a single-vehicle accident.

The cause of this crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time. The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the February 20 Joliet Patch article titled “‘Major’ Semi Crash Closes Road, Causes Power Outage: Police.”

An excerpt:

A crash on Route 59 between 111th Street and 119th Street closed a section of Route 59 and sparked a power outage in the Champion Creek subdivision, Plainfield police said. According to police, a semi-tractor trailer was involved in a single-vehicle crash and struck a utility pole.

The crash caused street closures for a period of time.

Additional details regarding these semi truck accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.

Fatal Manhattan Collision At Cedar Road and Baker Road

There was a fatal Manhattan collision this morning (February 19, 2019.) Details on the accident appear limited at this time. However, from what has been disclosed concerning this fatal Manhattan collision, the accident scene was at the intersection of Cedar Road and Baker Road. The vehicles involved included a pickup truck and a semi truck.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:54 a.m. The driver of the pickup truck, initially identified as a 49-year-old resident of New Lenox, was declared dead at the accident scene. The decedent was later identified as
James E. Harbin.

The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Manhattan, was not injured during the accident.

This fatal accident remains under investigation. The cause of the collision does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time. The New Lenox Police Department is asking those who may have information concerning this fatal Manhattan collision to contact Det. Mike Holford at (815) 478-4408.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Manhattan collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 19, 2019 Mokena Patch article titled “New Lenox Driver Dies In Manhattan Crash.”

Will County Drunk Driving And Associated Accidents With Injuries

Will County drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety problem. As discussed in various posts throughout this site, including the recent “Drunk Driving Accidents Causing Serious Injuries In Will County” post, Will County drunk driving has caused many accidents with injuries. Drivers who are driving while alcohol-impaired have been involved in many types of serious accidents, including vehicle rollover accidents as well as “head-on collisions.”

The February 4, 2019 Joliet Patch article, titled “Drunk Driver Caused Bad Crash Near Louis Mall: JPD” discusses a crash that allegedly involved Will County drunk driving. The driver allegedly at fault was charged with felony drunk driving.

The accident occurred on February 2, 2019.

An excerpt from the article:

A 39-year-old man from Shorewood has been charged with felony drunken driving in connection with a bad crash on Saturday night that left the other motorist with severe injuries, according to police. The crash happened on Plainfield Road near the on-ramp to Interstate 55.

As seen in the article, the motorist who was injured was driving eastbound on Plainfield Road at the time of the collision. That driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The type and extent of the injuries were not disclosed.

On this site, accident injuries that result from various types of crashes are discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of Vehicle Accidents” page. As discussed on that page, there are various steps that one should take if injured in a vehicle accident. Among these steps are those that should be undertaken to protect one’s health as well as steps that should be taken to maximize one’s ability to attain accident injury compensation.

These steps to protect both one’s health, as well as attending to the legal issues, should be taken as soon as possible.

Additional details regarding these Will County drunk driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Roadways Prone To Accidents Within The Chicago Area

Roadways prone to accidents can occur for many reasons. Among these reasons are overly complicated roadway designs; too much traffic for a given roadway; a lack of suitable traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement. As well, in addition to these factors, accidents with injuries are more prone to happen if vehicles are traveling at excessive speed. Vehicles traveling at excessive speed is problematical for many reasons, as further discussed on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.

These roadways prone to accidents are a traffic safety concern as they often lead to accidents with injuries.  In the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections in which accidents frequently occur.  A broad range of accident types can occur, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the roadways and intersections to reduce the possibility of additional accidents.

NBC Chicago ran a segment (video and article) on February 6, 2019 titled “Chicago-Area Drivers Navigate ‘Confusing’ Intersections.”  The video shows various roadways and intersections in the Chicago area – including those in Chicago, several in DuPage County, some commentary regarding roundabouts in Lake County, and a problematical intersection in Will County.

An excerpt from the article:

NBC 5 Investigates contacted transportation experts and dozens of area police departments to learn what they considered to be the potentially confusing new or old roadway designs.

With regard to the accident-prone intersection in Oak Brook, the article states the following:

22nd and Butterfield Road in Oak Brook (The roadway that is in straight alignment changes from 22nd Street to Butterfield Rd. Police said there were 69 crashes at this intersection in 2017.)

Additional details regarding these roadways prone to accidents can be seen in the NBC segment.