December 17, 2014

Mahomet Woman Dies In Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

When a truck or motor vehicle accident occurs, serious consequences such as vehicle damage, injuries or death can follow. Because accidents are all too prevalent, we find it important to educate readers so our community can be more aware of dangers on the road.

In a recent article by The News-Gazette, a two-vehicle crash took the life of a woman from Mahomet. State police reported that a man was driving an International truck south on Illinois 47 and was approaching the drive to the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Trail. The woman, who was driving an SUV, pulled out of a parking area in front of a truck. According to police, the truck driver tried to avoid the SUV but could not. As a result, the two vehicles collided in the street, which pushed the deceased’s vehicle into a ditch and killed her. This crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.

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December 11, 2014

Alcohol Believed to Be a Cause of Fatal Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Time and again we are reminded about the dangers of drinking and driving, but unfortunately alcohol remains a factor in many fatal accidents. There is no reason that anyone should ever get behind the wheel after drinking, and accidents as a result of drinking and driving are always preventable.

Fox News recently reported that a Kenosha County crash took the lives of two people and left one in critical condition. The crash occurred near Highway 83 and Highway 50 in the 34500 block of the westbound lanes of Highway 50. A pickup truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes of traffic and then struck a westbound car head-on. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries and was transported to the local hospital where he later passed away. The passenger of the car died at the scene. The driver of the truck remains in critical condition.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s department, alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The department received several 911 calls that alerted them of this pickup truck driving the wrong way. Unfortunately, they were too late to prevent this crash. The pickup truck driver will be facing an Operating While Intoxicated charge and a traffic citation for driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol comes with serious penalties under the law and needlessly endangers the lives of others on the road, but these accidents continue to happen much too frequently. In 2012 alone, 10,322 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. To get an idea of how frequent this is, every day in the United States about 30 people die in motor vehicle accidents involving an impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is one death every 51 minutes.

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December 8, 2014

Springfield Man Not Wearing a Seat Belt Dies in Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Truck and motor vehicle accidents are all too common throughout Illinois. That is why we feel that it is important to raise awareness surrounding the potential causes of these accidents and discuss the consequences of negligence in order to protect ourselves and those with whom we share the road. While we may not be able to prevent the negligence of others or stop unexpected hazards from posing danger, we can take steps to give us our best chances of staying alive when an accident occurs.

In a recent article by My Journal Carrier, it was reported that a Springfield man died in a truck accident. According to the report, he was not wearing a seat belt when his truck struck an embankment on the Camden Blacktop in Schuyler County. He was thrown from the truck upon collision.

The National Safety Council discusses how seat belts can keep us and our loved ones safe. Wearing a seat belt is imperative because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death across all age groups. In 2012, more than half of passengers who were killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts. However, it is known that seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 %.

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December 5, 2014

Truck Driver Dies in Collision Between Semi and Train

by Levin & Perconti

As we have talked about in our blogs before, two of the most dangerous vehicles to be in a collision with are trucks and trains. Being vehicles that are extremely large in both height and weight, collisions with these vehicles often result in extremely serious personal injuries or deaths. That is why it is so important to talk about these types of accidents so that members of our community can be aware of the dangers and know what to look out for and how to protect themselves.

According to a recent article by My State Line, a Rockford truck driver died in a collision with a train in Winnebago County. The truck was crossing over the tracks, and the train was unable to stop. The train engineer sounded the horn, but it was too late to avoid a collision. According to the Winnebago County Police, the semi-truck traveled in the front of the train, but it is unclear why this occurred, so the accident is still under investigation. There are no gates at this particular crossing, but there are crossing lights. Investigators are researching whether there were any mechanical failures with the truck, a medical issue with the driver, or any mechanical issues with the crossing.

Pictures of the aftermath of this accident show how violent of a collision this was. The semi-truck trailer was bent and ripped open. Its cargo – corn – was spilled and strewn on the scene. The semi’s cab was demolished and lying on the other side of the tracks than the trailer. Debris was scattered everywhere.

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December 4, 2014

Illinois Truck Driver Dies in I-24 Fiery Crash

by Levin & Perconti

There is no question that truck accidents can be some of the most serious accidents regarding injury and magnitude of damage. Our attorneys have seen the effects of truck accidents span large stretches of highway, shut down roads for long periods of time requiring extensive cleanup and investigation, and cause life-threatening and life-changing personal injuries.

One recent accident, reported by KWQC, is evident of the gravity of truck accidents, leaving all westbound lanes of Interstate 24 closed from early morning until late evening. The truck driver was hauling wood pallets at the time of the accident. He lost control of the semi-truck, crossed over the median, and collided with a FedEx truck driven by an Illinois man. The wood pallets from the semi-truck hit the fuel tanks of the FedEx truck. As a result of the collision, a fire erupted, and both drivers were trapped in the crash. Both truck divers died as a result of the accident, and a third driver who hit the FedEx truck from behind suffered personal injuries.

Vehicle fires are incredibly dangerous and can lead to loss of life, as seen in this accident. According to a fact sheet by the National Fire Protection Association, vehicles can catch fire for several reasons. While mechanical and electrical issues are the most common causes of vehicle fires because heat and sparks can ignite leaking fuel, crashes can also cause fires due to the fact that vehicles run on combustible fuels. It is important for drivers and passengers to know the warning signs of a vehicle fire. If you see smoke or flames or smell any burning rubber or plastic, it is imperative that you respond immediately. If you are driving and sense there is a fire, pull over as quickly as you can to a safe location such as a breakdown lane or rest stop. Then turn off your engine, and get everyone out of your car, and move at least 100 feet away from the burning car and traffic while calling for emergency help.

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November 28, 2014

Teen Killed in Danvers Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Loss of life from motor vehicle accidents is always heartbreaking news, but it is especially tragic to hear when the deceased was very young and had much life to live ahead of him. However, when we hear of such accidents, it is also important that we examine the accident itself and reflect on what we as a community of drivers can do differently to prevent such accidents and how we can set an example to reinforce safe driving behaviors for others.

The Pantagraph reported on a semi-truck trailer collision that took the life of a Danvers man. The accident occurred just east of the intersection of Illinois 9 and Illinois 122, south of Danvers. The deceased was driving eastbound on Illinois 9 when he crossed over the center line and into the path of a semitruck. The deceased man from Danvers died from “multiple blunt injuries” from this accident. The collision is still under investigation by local authorities.

This accident exemplifies how imperative it is that we practice safe driving every time we get behind the wheel. Not only does careful driving prevent accidents and injuries to others, but it keeps us as drivers safe as well. As you can see from this truck accident and others that we have blogged about before, such accidents are extremely dangerous for those involved due to the extreme size difference between trucks and passenger motor vehicles. If we practice safe driving by being vigilant to the road and vehicles around us, not excessively speeding, and avoiding distractions and driving while fatigued, many accidents could be prevented.

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November 26, 2014

EIU Student Killed in I-57 Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

There are many actions that drivers take that put others’ lives in the way of danger. Unfortunately, such negligent actions, like speeding or driving recklessly in poor conditions, leads to motor vehicle accidents, serious personal injuries, and death. That’s why we find it important to examine these driving behaviors in our blogs in hopes to spread the importance of safe driving that prevents accidents.

According to a report by JG-TC.com, an Eastern Illinois University student died in a truck accident on Interstate 57. She was a passenger in a pickup truck in the accident that occurred near Mattoon. The driver was also a student from EIU and required hospitalization. The pair had gone to Effingham for dinner and was returning from their outing when the accident took place near the U.S. Route 45 interchange. The pickup truck was northbound, went off the road, and then overturned at the bottom of an embankment. The driver was ejected from the truck, and the passenger was partially ejected. Neither of the students was wearing a seatbelt, and the driver was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Wearing a seat belt can both prevent serious injuries and save lives. When people wear seat belts, the injuries they sustain are most often of much less severity than that which they would suffer without a seat belt. Consider the accident described above. The purpose of a seat belt is to restrain the individual in the seat of the vehicle, especially upon collision. A collision jolts someone out of their seat at a high force, but a seat belt absorbs that jolt and keeps you in place. Had the individuals in this accident been wearing their seat belts, they very well may not have been ejected from the truck.

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November 21, 2014

Drowsy Driving Is the Cause of Another Illinois Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

It’s in the news all too often and needs to come to an end. Drivers are often getting behind the wheel with too little sleep or staying behind the wheel for too many hours straight. This is dangerous because it leads drivers to lose focus from the road and even fall asleep behind the wheel. These actions can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries or even fatalities.

These accidents are preventable too. A driver should never get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive. It is too often that commercial drivers face pressure from their employers to drive too many hours in a row to complete a job, which leads them to driving while too tired and even falling asleep. It is also too common that non-commercial drivers act negligently and choose to drive when they are too tired too. When an accident occurs because of their fatigue, they have breached their legal duty. All driver have a legal duty to drive safely and not be the cause of an accident or injuries to others when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Despite widespread efforts to educate the public on the dangers, another report of an Illinois accident caused by drowsy driving was once again in the news. According to an article by The Southern, drowsy driving was the cause of a recent Illinois truck accident. A man from Pickneyville was injured in a one-vehicle accident. He was driving his pickup truck in the early evening on Illinois 142 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed over the center line. His truck then left the roadway and struck an embankment. Police cited him for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seat belt.

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November 14, 2014

Illinois Bicyclist Killed in Tanker Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

It is no surprise to hear that bike accidents between vehicles and cyclists often result in the cyclist suffering serious personal injuries or death. In and around the Chicago area we have thousands of people each day taking to the streets on bikes to travel to and from work or other destinations and also for exercise or leisure. As a result of the high volume of bikes on our roads and streets, our attorneys frequently read or hear news of accidents involving cyclists. Unfortunately, this week was no exception.

According to an article by the NWI Times, and bicyclist from Bartlett was killed in a collision with a tanker truck while biking in Lansing. Illinois State Police said the bicyclist was traveling on the ramp to eastbound Interstate 80/94 when he was struck by the tanker. The bicyclist died at the scene of the accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stresses that by law, bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. That is why it is so important that all users of the road, bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles, are educated on the laws, respect one another on the road, employ safe and vigilant behavior, and abide by their legal duty to not cause injury to others. Bicycle accidents take too many lives and account for a significant number of deaths in traffic accidents. Unfortunately this number has been on the rise since 2003, also according to the NHTSA. In the year 2003, there were 42,884 fatalities overall from traffic crashes, and 629 of these were cyclist fatalities. In the year 2012 though, there were 33,561 fatalities overall from traffic crashes, and 726 of these were cyclist fatalities. Of the deaths in 2012, 69% of the cyclist deaths occurred in urban areas, and almost half occurred from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. The location of these deaths may convey that motorists and cyclists are not sharing the road well and doing what they can to respect one another and keep each other safe.

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November 7, 2014

Three Injured in Troy, IL Collision

by Levin & Perconti

Any type of traffic accidents has the potential to be extremely dangerous and can cause people to suffer serious personal injuries or even death. However, the danger of these accidents is amplified when more than one vehicle is involved. Multi-vehicle accidents involve more than one collision and multiple parties, and injuries resulting from such accidents can be serious and even permanent and life-changing, such as broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, and loss of limb.

A three car collision in Troy, IL is under investigation by Illinois State Police, as reported by KMOV.com. The accident occurred at Highway 40 and Triad Road and one victim sustained serious injuries. Investigators stated that the victim was driving her jeep when another vehicle came crashing into hers causing her jeep to roll, when she was simultaneously hit by a semi-truck. The victim had to be flown to a local hospital.

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November 4, 2014

Postal Worker Killed in Will County Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

Truck and motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately all too common in Chicagoland with our vast roads and highway systems that are consistently busy. When drivers are negligent on busy or congested roadways, a serious accident can occur and to take lives of innocent people or cause them to suffer serious injuries. Only a moment’s distraction can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and cause serious accidents with trucks and other motor vehicles.

The Chicago Sun Times, reports that a U.S. Postal Worker was recently killed in a Will County crash in Channahon when his vehicle collided with a truck on Youngs Road, about seven miles southwest of Joliet. The driver went off the roadway onto the shoulder and then back across the center line, hitting a Culligan water truck head on. The Culligan driver fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries, but the postal worker died at the scene of the crash.

Data shows that accidents with trucks are frequent, and these accidents are often not the fault of the truck driver but due to the negligence of another party. According to statistics presented in a fact sheet by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In that same year, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents.

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October 27, 2014

Fatal Truck Accident Sets Fire to Illinois Overpass

by Levin & Perconti

Being vehicles of such a large size, semis and tractor-trailers can cause accidents that are very serious in nature, both in injuries to victims as well as damage to personal property and infrastructure. This was made evident in one recent accident in Casey, IL when a semi-truck crashed into a concrete support on the Illinois 49 overpass and caught fire, according to an article by the Herald-Review. The accident occurred over Interstate 70 and one man (the passenger) died and another (the driver) has suffered serious personal injuries and remains hospitalized. Illinois State Police reported that the truck fire damaged the tractor, trailer, and the overpass. The driver was ticketed for improper lane usage.

A fire can be an extremely dangerous consequence of truck and motor vehicle accidents. Not only are they dangerous to those directly involved in the accident, but fires pose a danger to those around the accident as well. Fires can quickly spread to other vehicles, infrastructure, and the environment surrounding the scene of the accident, putting others in harm’s way. Furthermore, because vehicles run off of gasoline and oil, which are highly flammable and combustive materials, the fire can quickly escalate into an ever-increasing dangerous situation.

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