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Ice, Drugs, and No Guard Rails Factored Into Deadly Illinois Truck Crash

The Pekin Times reported last week on the finding of a coroner’s inquest jury following a deadly truck accident that killed two area teens. According to the jury, while the teen driver had taken a pair of unnatural substances before the crash, the icy roads were the main cause of the Illinois truck crash. The jury left open the possibility that a lack of safety rails at the site increased the seriousness of the injuries.

The incident occurred on I-74, where the driver and two teenage passengers were traveling in the westbound lanes early one morning in late January. At mile marker 125 tire track analysis reveal that the car veered into the median-it was a point in the highway where the road veers slightly right. Another vehicle was headed eastbound. The second vehicle was able to swerve out of the way, but not before causing the teen to lose control of his car. The out-of-control car clipped the end of a semi and then crashed into a school bus traveling in the same direction.

The inquest jury met to hear the information about the case and make an official determination as to the cause of death. Toxicology results reported that the teen driver had ingested marijuana and amphetamines hours before the crash. The jury determined that the main culprit in the accident was not the drug use, but the icy road conditions. Several other accidents occurred on nearby roadways around the same time as drivers struggled to handle the dangerous weather conditions.

Also at issue was the lack of guardrails present at the accident site. In the last three years, a total of five people have now died at the exact spot in the highway where the two teens were killed. The inquest jury decided to leave the question open as to whether the lack of guardrail was a main factor in the deadly crash. Illinois Department of Transportation officials are examining the issues to determine if safety changes need to be made.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti are firmly committed to helping the victims of all traffic accidents. Sometimes these crashes are caused by the negligence of one driver. At other times the weather is the main factor. At still others there are clear signs that a public body should have provided more safety features at a known hazard spot to prevent deadly accidents. It is important to get in touch with an Illinois injury attorneys to help analyze all of these possibilities and provide appropriate advice on how best to proceed.

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