Yesterday, PJStar.com reported a fatal Illinois trucking accident that took the life of a 34 year-old Peoria man early Thursday morning. The news report reveals that the accident transpired when the accident victim was traveling west on Illinois Route 17 when his passenger vehicle spun sideways in the snowy roadway and collided into an oncoming semi tractor-trailer traveling eastbound. Subsequently, the accident caused both of the vehicles to travel off the roadway and enter an embankment on the south side of the highway. Although reports state that the passenger vehicle driver was wearing a seat-belt at the time of the accident, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The 51 year-old driver of the commercial vehicle required advanced medical attention for minor injuries sustained. The accident currently remains under investigation.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers also read an additional report posted on PJStar.com which detailed another fatal accident that transpired yesterday on Fulton Country Highway 2. According to the news article, a 56 year-old Ellisville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle accident along the county highway. The details of the accident, which transpired at around 6:30 in the morning, have not been made available as of press time. Authorities from the Peoria Police Department released collision alerts in response to the adverse roadway conditions, encouraging motorists to exchange personal information in the event of a non-injury resulting motor vehicle accident with minor damages.
There are approximately over 6 million motor vehicle crashes that transpire each year in the United States, of which twenty-four percent (or 1,511,000) are attributed to weather related conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, snow and/or sleet causes roughly 225,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. Of the 225,000 accidents, 70,900 result in personal injury while 870 cause premature fatality.
With all considered, motorists must protect themselves from the immense dangers that surround driving during harsh winter conditions. The Illinois State Police website recommends that drivers ensure that their motor vehicle is adequately prepared for winter related driving situations by checking the following vehicle parts:
– Fuel system – Ignition system – Brakes – Exhaust system – Wiper blades – Tires/Tire Pressure – Defrosters – Battery Life
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois motor vehicle accident, please contact a Chicago truck accident attorney to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.