The trucks around Chicago are dangerous. I don’t mean to claim that it’s always their fault, but I am seeing a lot of accidents lately, and I’m reading about a lot of fatalities.
Take, for instance, this story about a three-car accident in which one of the drivers died. The driver was 27, and his little Kia didn’t stand a chance with a massive truck involved in the crash. According to the article, it doesn’t sound like anyone was at fault, but on some level, I don’t think that matters.
Then there’s this one about a man dying after getting pinned under a box truck in northwestern Indiana.
Even the pickup trucks are going crazy. Here’s a story about one pickup truck ramming another, killing the other driver, and fleeing the scene.
It’s outrageous the sorts of things that happen around Chicago. This city has a great reputation for some things and a really negative one for others, and I’m amazed our traffic and the truck accidents don’t get mentioned more often in that negative category.
It seems to me like the truck accident lawyers of this city must be sitting on some pretty massive incomes at this point. If these accidents are happening this often, and a quick google search brings up so many (plus all the ones I’m seeing on my own just driving on the street), there must be a ton of accidents happening all the time all over the city.
I mean, these stories are only about fatalities. How many crashes just totaled a few cars or something?
Chicago’s got a problem with trucks, and something needs to be done about it. I don’t know if they need more lanes (they could always use more lanes if just to get that crazy traffic moving faster than five miles an hour during rush hour), or if they need police watching for trucks more, or what. But something’s got to be done. It’s getting to the point I’m worried about trucks when I’m out driving. I just try to stay as far from them as possible, even if it means driving like a grandma or like Mario Andretti just to keep out of their way.
But maybe I’m just getting obsessed about trucks and it really isn’t that big of a concern. It just seems to me, every time I see a crash with serious damage, or anytime I hear about a crash where someone was killed, a truck was involved. Maybe they just need to hire better drivers, I don’t know, but I’d like to see something get done. At least then I might be able to convince myself to stop thinking about it so much. At this point, it’s becoming an obsession. I miss the good old, carefree driving days when I wasn’t constantly looking out for a massive truck speeding right towards me.