Five people were injured when an 18-wheeler rear-ended a passenger car on I-294 in Chicago.

Chicago, IL- Rear-impact is common in traffic accidents and is often minor with no injuries and minimal damage to a vehicle. But when an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck is involved, a rear- end collision can leave victims with severe or fatal injuries. A crash that occurred in Chicago last week shows how much damage a large truck can do in a rear-end crash.

Chicago Semi Crash Sends Five to the Hospital

Authorities say a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle on January 9, 2018, on I-294 in Chicago, setting off a chain-reaction collision that injured five people. The Chicago Tribune reports that the crash happened around 4:00 p.m. near the Ogden Ave. Exit when a tractor-trailer driver was unable to stop and crashed into the rear of a Hyundai which was then pushed into a Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox then hit an Infiniti in front of it.

All five people in the Hyundai were injured to varying degrees. Three people sitting in the back of the Hyundai had to be extricated using the jaws of life, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The occupants of the Chevrolet and Infiniti refused medical treatment.

Hinsdale firefighter and public information officer Steve Tullis told the Chicago Tribune that the rear of the Hyundai was folded in like an accordion.

One official told the Tribune that the truck driver did not leave enough room between his vehicle and the Hyundai and was unable to stop when traffic slowed. It is not clear of the

The crash blocked four northbound lanes of I-294 while police investigated.

Tailgating is a common practice among motorists. That’s why about 28 percent of traffic accidents in the U.S. involve rear-end impact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many of those crashes are minor, but as the Chicago incident shows, when a truck is involved, a rear-end impact collision can result in multiple injuries. Under certain circumstances, a rear-end crash can be deadly, if a truck driver was speeding, for instance.

USAttorneys.com recommends you speak to a trucking accident lawyer in Chicago if you are hurt or lost a loved one in a commercial trucking wreck.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Chicago

If you are the victim of a truck accident, don’t delay speaking to a trucking accident lawyer or you could get a smaller settlement than you deserve. USAttorneys.com can connect you with a dedicated attorney in Chicago to assist with your accident claim.

Were you recently in a commercial trucking accident? Did you get hurt, or did a loved one? Are the medical expenses overwhelming you? You may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you are entitled to personal injury or wrongful death compensation contact the Duncan Law Group in Chicago and arrange a free initial consultation. You can reach the Duncan Law Group by calling 1-312-445-0567. One of their skilled truck accident lawyers will meet with you and explain your legal options.