Often in fatal vehicle accidents, the cause of the crash is a blatantly obvious driving mistake that everyone knows should never be made but that occur all the time. For example, the Evansville Courier & Press reported last night on a tragic truck crash in Illinois caused by a young driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign.
The accident occurred early on Friday afternoon in rural Clay County. The young driver of an SUV was traveling on a sparsely used country road when he failed to stop at a stop sign. While traveling through the intersection, he was broadsided by a large flatbed semi. The impact of the vehicle caused the SUV to careen off the road, ending up in a cornfield. Shortly after stopping in the cornfield, the vehicle burst into flames.
The semi also caught fire after the incident, but its driver and passenger were able to get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries. The truck driver and passenger valiantly attempted to rush to the SUV to help remove the driver before the flames engulfed it. However, there was too little time, and the driver ended up stuck the SUV. He was ultimately burned beyond recognition.
Hopefully all drivers know that all traffic signs must be obeyed intimately. Stop signs in particular can never be ignored. At stop signs in rural, unpopulated areas it is often tempting to perform only a partial yield or fail to stop all together, because it is assumed that if a driver does not see any other vehicles around than there must not be any risk to driving through. However, while behind the wheel our perceptions are never flawless. We often glance around the road so quickly and casually that we subconsciously feel that the road is empty, when in reality another vehicle is actually barreling down. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti offer sincere condolences to the victims in this tragedy and urge drivers throughout the state not to take any risk while on the road. The consequences of being on the wrong side of that risk are too great.