Interstate 57 has been the site of several fatal vehicle accidents over the past several weeks. This weekend saw another man killed following a crash on that roadway. As reported in the News-Gazette, 28 year old Martinez Jones died Saturday following a four vehicle accident.
The major truck accident struck just south of Mattoon on I-57 when a driver lost control of her vehicle after she swerved to avoid an animal in the middle of the road. In the midst of the lost control, the driver crossed the median, entered the opposite lane and hit Jones’ car.
A large semitrailer was driving behind Jones when the initial impact occurred. The truck driver swerved in an effort to avoid the crash in front of him, but he was unable to avoid it. The semi slammed into the bumper of Jones’ car, which was the likely cause of Jones being ejected from the car. Unfortunately, another semi truck was traveling near the accident. After Jones was ejected, he landed in the middle of the road directly in the path of the second truck which was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage all drivers to remember not to make erratic maneuvers with their vehicles that could cause loss of control. Of course, it is easy to plan on avoiding sharp vehicle movements, but it is entirely more difficult when a distraction-like a wild animal-unexpectedly appears. It is for that reason that it is important to practice other careful driving techniques like driving at proper speeds. In that way, even when distractions arise, the driver is best able to manage the situation in the least costly manner.