A serious two-vehicle accident on U.S 24 left a 72-year old man dead last week, according to Pantagraph.com. The accident took place near Gridley in McLean County around 2pm when the man and his passenger were driving their SUV through Illinois on a road trip. Preliminary information indicates that a pickup truck was westbound on the interstate when it crossed over the centerline and struck the victim’s vehicle just west of County Road.
Emergency medical services transported the pickup truck driver to a hospital in Peoria, while the passenger of the SUV was transported to a hospital in Normal. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead by the McLean County Coroner.
Our truck accident law firm understands that accidents similar to the one above are very common and often fatal on Illinois roadways, generally taking place when a vehicle either deliberately or accidently crosses a centerline or median, travels the wrong way in a traffic lane, and crashes into an approaching vehicle. Similar accidents include a collision that occurred a few weeks ago when a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane of Interstate-87 collided head on with another vehicle, resulting in two sets of injuries and two fatalities. Another serious accident occurred earlier this when a 22-year old college student from Clarendon Hills was driving the wrong way on southbound I-55 and collided head on with a semi truck, killing him upon impact.
Illinois Police objectives to reduce the number of head-on accidents currently include attempting to find ways to keep vehicles from traveling into the opposite lane. A few simple ways that you can prevent your vehicle from traveling over the centerline of a roadway include driving at an appropriate speed, driving with both hands on the wheel, and refraining from driving while fatigued.
By minimizing the likelihood of traveling over the centerline of a roadway, the chances of crashing into an oncoming vehicle are greatly reduced, also reducing the risk of personal injury or loss of life. However, our attorneys understand that not all accidents are preventable. Accidents caused by distracted or negligent drivers can cause life-altering consequences to those involved.
Our lawyers provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been in an accident as the result of negligent motorists. We are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered injury or death as the result of a trucking accident. Please contact us to find out if legal recourse may be available to you.