The Champaign News-Gazette reported yesterday morning on a fatal truck accident that struck on Monday afternoon in central Illinois. Around 12pm two semitrailer trucks were traveling along Illinois Route 16 in opposite directions. The driver of the southwest bound truck attempted to pass a stopped car that was in front of him. While attempting to make the pass, he entered the northeast bound lane where the second truck was traveling.
The trucks collided.
In the aftermath of the crash, both large vehicles overturned and ended up in the ditches on the side of the highway. The eastbound vehicle eventually caught fire while lying in the ditch. The driver of the truck was unable to extricate himself from the vehicle before the flames engulfed his cabin.
A passenger in the southbound truck was thrown from the truck in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt, but the force of the collision was so strong that he was still ripped from the seat. The passenger ultimately died from his wounds, while the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti send sincere condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their families. Our lawyers have worked for decades to assist those affected by these fatal accidents to navigate the legal issues around the incident. Depending on the circumstances of the truck crash, there are various legal rights that may have been affected. Whatever the circumstances, it is important to discuss the situation with a truck accident lawyer to ensure that no important matters are left undone.