A two-vehicle accident occurred Monday at Illinois 173 and Caledonia road in Boone County. The accident involved one passenger vehicle and one semi-truck that collided and left the driver of the passenger vehicle dead at the scene. He suffered severe chest injuries that led to his death. According to The Rockford Register Star, the driver of the semi-truck only suffered minor injuries and was treated for his injuries at the scene of the accident and released.
At this time the Sheriff’s department and the coroner are still investigating what could have led to the crash. Our Illinois truck accident attorneys remind all drivers that even though most people think of car accidents as being caused by one of the drivers speeding, losing control, not paying attention or a vehicle problem, accidents are also caused by problems with the driver’s themselves. These types of problems can range from driver fatigue to a serious medical condition that interferes with a driver’s ability to properly operate a vehicle.
If you have a medical condition that requires you take certain medication in order to be allowed to drive, please make sure that the medicine is always taken on time to protect yourself and others on the road. If you are driving and do not feel well or feel that you are no longer able to operate the vehicle you are driving, please make sure to pull over and seek medical attention or wait until you feel better to continue driving. Additionally, if you have a medical condition which makes it unsafe to drive or are taking a medication that should not be taken when operating a vehicle, please do not drive.
Because accidents can be caused by factors relating to the driver and not always vehicle or road related issues, the coroner is often also an important person in the investigation of a crash. If the cause of an accident is not clear, a coroner may be able to offer additional insight into what was going on with the driver. For example, if someone is driving and has a heart attack and gets into a car accident and ends up dying, the police may not be able to determine what caused the accident. In this case the coroner would be likely to figure out what had happened to cause the accident. In the above mentioned accident, it is not clear whether the coroner or Sheriff believe that the accident was caused by a medical condition or problem with the driver, and having both offices investigating what happened will hopefully lead to a quick discovery of what caused the accident.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident and you believe the other driver was operating their vehicle while taking a medication that is not safe to drive on, contact our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to discuss what legal options may be available to you or your loved one.