An Illinois man has been charged in connection with a trucking accident that occurred in Quincy, Illinois. The accident occurred on February 16th at around 11pm and involved the truck the man charged was driving as well as two other vehicles. The pickup truck that the man was driving crossed over the center line of the street and crashed into two cars that were parked on the other side of the street. According to The Quincy Herald Whig, the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene of the accident. In addition to fleeing the scene of an accident in which property was damaged, the driver faces additional charges of suspicion of possession of a stolen car, aggravated driving under the influence and driving while his drivers’s license was revoked. The police were able to locate the driver even though he fled from the scene of the accident and now he faces additional charges because he left the scene.
Many drivers in Illinois do not realize the severity of leaving the scene of an accident when the accident involved parked cars. While drivers may think they can get away without stopping and leaving their information or without calling the police, if anyone sees the accident and reports it to the police and the police are able to locate the driver, the driver will face severe penalties for leaving the scene of the car accident. Our Illinois truck accident lawyers ask all drivers to always report any type of accident you are involved in, no matter how severe the damage is. A driver that reports an accident will be in much better shape with the police and with respect to fines and charges if they contact the police immediately and do anything they can to help others that may have been injured in the motor vehicle accident.
The driver mentioned in the article above will likely face serious penalties because of the combination of what he is being charged with. In addition to fleeing the scene of the truck accident, he stole the vehicle he was driving and was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while his license was suspended. It is unclear at this time if the reason his license was previously suspended was because of prior incidents of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but if that is the case he is likely to face even more severe penalties because this would not be his first offense where he was operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Plese contact our Illinois personal injury attorneys if you or a loved one was involved in a car accident in which the person responsible was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time the accident occurred, to see what legal options may be available to you or your loved ones. Call today to make sure you do not miss your opportunity to be compensated for your injury and hold the person responsible for your injury liable for their actions.