March 9, 2011

Illinois Man in Critical Condition After Being Hit By Semi-Truck

by Levin & Perconti

A southern Illinois man was listed in critical condition following a truck crash early Monday morning.

The State-Journal Register has the details of the Illinois truck accident. According to police reports, the 40-year old victim was driving a Waste Management truck at the intersection of Illinois Route 48 and Lincoln Trail in Taylorville, Illinois. Shortly after 7 a.m. the man was stopped in the dump truck at a red light. However, for reasons still being investigated, the man inched the truck forward into the intersection while the light was still red.

As a result of the unnecessary encroachment, the dump truck was slammed in the driver’s side by an oncoming semi-truck. The impact sent the truck careening out of control. To make matters worse, the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time—causing him to be ejected from the vehicle.

The truck driver was severely injured in the accident. He was airlifted to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

This Illinois truck accident highlights the precarious situation that often exists while on the road—unknown to many drivers. Even slight deviations from the standard protocols of road safety—such as inching out into the intersection before the light officially turns green—can have deadly consequences. When large, fast, dangerous machines like semi-trucks are involved, the stakes are raised even higher.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti have decades of experience representing victims of losses following deadly trucking accidents. Our attorneys are well aware of the cost of crashes involving the largest vehicles on the road. Most community members are aware of the risks of accidents involving trucks, because common sense dictates that high speeds and tons of machinery combine to create packages of destruction. Please contact a truck accident attorney at time that you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with one of these vehicles.

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