Car Struck By Oncoming Pickup Truck When Changing Lanes On Route U.S. 67 recently reported on an accident that occurred between a car and a pickup truck on Monday night just north of Roseville. Illinois State Police say an unidentified passenger-vehicle driver was traveling on Business Route U.S. 67 at 6:50pm when it was struck by an oncoming extended cab pickup truck, driven by a 55-year old man of Roseville.

Our Chicago truck accident law firm learned that according to a statement made by authorities, the driver of the passenger vehicle was traveling in the right lane and attempted to pass another car “at a high rate of speed” when it approached the oncoming pickup truck. It then veered back into the right lane, but “spun out clockwise back across the centerline and in a collision course with the truck” (Review Atlas). Police say the front of the pickup then struck the vehicle’s passenger side.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup truck driver was transported to a nearby medical center and was treated for non-life threatening injuries; he was listed as in stable condition Monday night. Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, but an investigation is ongoing to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

From the perspective of our lawyers, all drivers generally pass other vehicles on Illinois roadways when necessary, the task being easier to complete on four-lane roads than two-lane roads. No matter where you are or who you are attempting to pass, there are many decisions that have to be made beforehand. These include whether or not there is enough time to get around the vehicle in front of you, if oncoming traffic is present, how fast you and the vehicles around you are traveling, and overall, if you would be able to pass another vehicle safely and without risking injury.

We believe it is beneficial for all drivers to learn about the steps that can be taken in order to make passing other vehicles effective and safe. This first begins with making sure it is legal to pass. On two-lane roads, it is forbidden to pass the vehicle in front of you if there is a double yellow line between lanes. Watching for signs that say “Do Not Pass” will also help you determine if passing is allowed. These signs are most commonly on roads that are near hills or curves.

If it legal to pass, make sure the lanes around you are clear. In relation to the above article, do not pass if there is an oncoming vehicle that is near you. If this vehicle is approaching you at a constant speed, this means it is most likely too close in order for you to pass safely. Proper passing techniques include using your turn signal to alert others of your intention to pass, increasing your speed up to ten to fifteen miles per hour faster that the vehicle you are passing in order to do so quickly, and after you have passed the vehicle, checking to make sure you have enough clear space to safely re-enter your lane.

Because passing another vehicle is often a hurried action, many drivers do not think the above steps through and accidents commonly take place as a result. Following the steps and suggestions provided will help to decrease the risk of an accident occurring and will ultimately keep you and other motorists safe behind the wheel.

In the case that you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent motorist, please contact us to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.

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