Several accidents have occurred on I-55 in Hamel since the end of November primarily due to work zones. Five people died as a result of those crashes and dozens were injured.

Chicago, IL-An Illinois lawmaker wants the state’s Department of Transportation to take steps that will improve the safety of a stretch of Interstate 55 in southern Illinois in the wake of several commercial truck and car crashes. So far, those accidents have resulted in five fatalities, and the lawmaker who represents citizens in the area wants to know what steps are being taken to prevent deadly accidents on that perilous stretch of road.

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In a letter sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation, State Senator Andy Manar, (D-Bunker Hill) demanded to know if the agency had taken any steps to make the road work zones on I-55 in Hamel safer for motorists.

“Clearly, there is a problem that needs to be addressed,” Manar said in his letter to the IDOT, according to the Courier-Journal. “I have constituents who drive this stretch of highway every day, or have loved ones who do, and they are extremely concerned about their safety in light of these crashes.”

The area of I-55 between Hamel and Illinois 143 has been under construction for months and has been the scene of several major accidents since the end of November. Two of those crashes resulted in five fatalities and left numerous people with minor to severe injuries. Because of those crashes, Manar is asking the IDOT to conduct a review and determine if there is something that can be done to curtail crashes in and around construction zones on the highway

An Illinois State lawmaker wants the state Department of Transportation to determine if they can make improvements to work zones on I-55 and prevent future traffic crashes.

The most recent crash occurred on December 15, 2017, around 1:45 p.m. when a semi hit the rear end of a vehicle, pushing into another vehicle and setting off a chain-reaction collision that involved eight autos total. The Telegraph reports that the accident occurred when the truck driver took his eyes off the road long enough to reach for a bottled drink.

A similar crash occurred the night before when one tractor-trailer rear-ended another. The Telegraph reports that two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospital for treatment.

On November 21, 2017, four people were killed on the perilous stretch of road when a tractor-trailer struck several vehicles after traffic stopped outside the construction zone. Aside from the four fatalities, twelve people were injured.

Another fatal crash in the same area occurred Friday, December 22, 2017, and involved a semi, the Courier-Journal reports.

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Construction zones are difficult for any motorist to navigate but it can be even more difficult for a commercial truck because they need more stopping distance. Abrupt changes in the flow of traffic can cause rear-ended crashes like the ones recalled above, especially if a truck driver is distracted, inattentive or fatigued.

If you are hit by a truck driver in an Illinois work zone, recommends you speak to a trucking accident lawyer. We have dedicated and skilled team of truck crash experts in Chicago who can help you recover the best possible settlement from a negligent party. Call and figure out how you can hold a truck driver or trucking company accountable for their careless actions.

An Illinois State lawmaker wants the state Department of Transportation to determine if they can make improvements to work zones on I-55 and prevent future traffic crashes.