WTHITV.com recently reported a devastating Illinois truck accident that took the life of a 2-year-old girl. The fatal accident transpired near the intersection of Illinois Route 33 and Effingham County Road 1950 East when a tow truck traveling westbound crossed the roadway’s center line and collided into a passenger vehicle. The 2-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The Illinois girl’s parents required additional medical attention for their injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital. Local authorities state that the cause of this accident continues to remain under investigation. The 23-year-old driver of the tow truck has been ticketed for his role in the accident.
Harrowing statistics provide that younger children have become increasingly common victims in motor vehicle accidents resulting in injury or fatality. ConsumerReports.org recently revealed that roadway collisions kill approximately 260,000 children a year and injure about 10 million. Tragically, these motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 10-19 years old, in addition to, the leading cause of disability in children. Additional research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that children ages 0-14 years old are highly susceptible to injury or death in motor vehicle accidents around the country. Statistical figures from the NHTSA provided that of the 42,643 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2003, over 5% (2,136) were children ages 0-14 years old.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti will tell you that the only way to prevent the devastating injuries that may occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident is to ensure that your child is properly and safely restrained in a child safety seat. Failure to properly fasten a child in a safety seat or seat belt is a common contributive factor is more than half of motor vehicle accident resulting in child injury or death. In the event of a collision, failure for an individual of any age to wear a safety belt significantly increases the likelihood of sustained serious injury or death.
If you or your child has been injured in an Illinois truck accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages incurred. Common damages include compensation for: lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, in addition to, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Please contact our Chicago truck accident attorneys as soon as possible to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.