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Three Dead: Fiery 18 Wheeler Crash Near Ottawa, Illinois

On August 1, 2016, a multiple vehicle crash near Ottawa, Illinois left three dead.  The crash involved several 18 wheelers, a straight truck, a tire hauling truck, and a passenger vehicle.  Two of the involved vehicles caught on fire.

One of the trucks involved in the crash was under federal investigation last March for three violations.  The exact cause of the 18 wheeler wreck is currently under investigation.

The federal government regulates trucking rules to keep all drivers on the road safe.  Regulations include medical and background tests, drivers’ skill tests, and regulating the amount of drive time to avoid driver fatigue.  Some unsafe truck drivers often alter their log books and drive more frequently than allowed, which puts the public in danger.

Tractor trailers are required to undergo routine safety inspections and be placed out of service for mechanical malfunctions. Truck drivers must perform a “pre-trip inspection” on their tractor and trailer to ensure it is safe to operate before every trip.  While the specific cause of this truck wreck is yet to be determined, it appears that at least one of the trucks involved in the wreck could have caused or contributed to the wreck.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are in place to protect the public from these type of unfortunate yet avoidable events. Trucking companies that disregard the federal regulations and put the public at risk must be held accountable for their actions.

If you are an eye-witness, a relative of the deceased, or passed by the 18 wheeler accident near Ottawa Illinois on August 1, 2016, the information you have may be helpful to the investigation of this truck wreck. Your information will make our roads safer for others when the responsible parties are held accountable for endangering others on public roads.   Please contact us at 877-892-2797.