Illinois Semi Demolishes Patrol Car on New Year’s Eve

By January 7, 2008Highway Safety

A tractor trailer demolished a patrol car stopped on highway on New Year’s Eve, the only damage to the semi was a flat tire and a bent rim, the Quad-City Times reports. The squad car was empty at the time of the collision and, fortunately, there were no injuries.
According to the news report, the Rock Island County Sheriff’s deputy had pulled over to the side of Interstate 80 to help a motorist stuck in the median during a snow storm. The deputy left his emergency lights flashing and was standing about ten feet away from the vehicle when he saw the truck coming. The semi’s front left tire and fender clipped the squad car, blowing out several windows and pushing it several feet down the highway.
The Illinois State Police cited the truck driver for driving too fast for the conditions and with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. The driver could face fines of up to $10,000 and a lengthy license suspension.
This accident highlights the mismatch between cars and tractor trailers. In a collision, the occupants inside the car suffer the most. If you need an experienced trucking accident lawyer, contact Jeff Lowe at the Lowe Law Firm, 877-678-3400.