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When a truck or motor vehicle accident occurs, serious consequences such as vehicle damage, injuries or death can follow. Because accidents are all too prevalent, we find it important to educate readers so our community can be more aware of dangers on the road.

In a recent article by The News-Gazette, a two-vehicle crash took the life of a woman from Mahomet. State police reported that a man was driving an International truck south on Illinois 47 and was approaching the drive to the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Trail. The woman, who was driving an SUV, pulled out of a parking area in front of a truck. According to police, the truck driver tried to avoid the SUV but could not. As a result, the two vehicles collided in the street, which pushed the deceased’s vehicle into a ditch and killed her. This crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.
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Truck and motor vehicle accidents are all too common throughout Illinois. That is why we feel that it is important to raise awareness surrounding the potential causes of these accidents and discuss the consequences of negligence in order to protect ourselves and those with whom we share the road. While we may not be able to prevent the negligence of others or stop unexpected hazards from posing danger, we can take steps to give us our best chances of staying alive when an accident occurs.

In a recent article by My Journal Carrier, it was reported that a Springfield man died in a truck accident. According to the report, he was not wearing a seat belt when his truck struck an embankment on the Camden Blacktop in Schuyler County. He was thrown from the truck upon collision.

The National Safety Council discusses how seat belts can keep us and our loved ones safe. Wearing a seat belt is imperative because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death across all age groups. In 2012, more than half of passengers who were killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts. However, it is known that seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 %.
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There is no question that truck accidents can be some of the most serious accidents regarding injury and magnitude of damage. Our attorneys have seen the effects of truck accidents span large stretches of highway, shut down roads for long periods of time requiring extensive cleanup and investigation, and cause life-threatening and life-changing personal injuries.

One recent accident, reported by KWQC, is evident of the gravity of truck accidents, leaving all westbound lanes of Interstate 24 closed from early morning until late evening. The truck driver was hauling wood pallets at the time of the accident. He lost control of the semi-truck, crossed over the median, and collided with a FedEx truck driven by an Illinois man. The wood pallets from the semi-truck hit the fuel tanks of the FedEx truck. As a result of the collision, a fire erupted, and both drivers were trapped in the crash. Both truck divers died as a result of the accident, and a third driver who hit the FedEx truck from behind suffered personal injuries.

Vehicle fires are incredibly dangerous and can lead to loss of life, as seen in this accident. According to a fact sheet by the National Fire Protection Association, vehicles can catch fire for several reasons. While mechanical and electrical issues are the most common causes of vehicle fires because heat and sparks can ignite leaking fuel, crashes can also cause fires due to the fact that vehicles run on combustible fuels. It is important for drivers and passengers to know the warning signs of a vehicle fire. If you see smoke or flames or smell any burning rubber or plastic, it is imperative that you respond immediately. If you are driving and sense there is a fire, pull over as quickly as you can to a safe location such as a breakdown lane or rest stop. Then turn off your engine, and get everyone out of your car, and move at least 100 feet away from the burning car and traffic while calling for emergency help.
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Loss of life from motor vehicle accidents is always heartbreaking news, but it is especially tragic to hear when the deceased was very young and had much life to live ahead of him. However, when we hear of such accidents, it is also important that we examine the accident itself and reflect on what we as a community of drivers can do differently to prevent such accidents and how we can set an example to reinforce safe driving behaviors for others.

The Pantagraph reported on a semi-truck trailer collision that took the life of a Danvers man. The accident occurred just east of the intersection of Illinois 9 and Illinois 122, south of Danvers. The deceased was driving eastbound on Illinois 9 when he crossed over the center line and into the path of a semitruck. The deceased man from Danvers died from “multiple blunt injuries” from this accident. The collision is still under investigation by local authorities.

This accident exemplifies how imperative it is that we practice safe driving every time we get behind the wheel. Not only does careful driving prevent accidents and injuries to others, but it keeps us as drivers safe as well. As you can see from this truck accident and others that we have blogged about before, such accidents are extremely dangerous for those involved due to the extreme size difference between trucks and passenger motor vehicles. If we practice safe driving by being vigilant to the road and vehicles around us, not excessively speeding, and avoiding distractions and driving while fatigued, many accidents could be prevented.
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There are many actions that drivers take that put others’ lives in the way of danger. Unfortunately, such negligent actions, like speeding or driving recklessly in poor conditions, leads to motor vehicle accidents, serious personal injuries, and death. That’s why we find it important to examine these driving behaviors in our blogs in hopes to spread the importance of safe driving that prevents accidents.

According to a report by, an Eastern Illinois University student died in a truck accident on Interstate 57. She was a passenger in a pickup truck in the accident that occurred near Mattoon. The driver was also a student from EIU and required hospitalization. The pair had gone to Effingham for dinner and was returning from their outing when the accident took place near the U.S. Route 45 interchange. The pickup truck was northbound, went off the road, and then overturned at the bottom of an embankment. The driver was ejected from the truck, and the passenger was partially ejected. Neither of the students was wearing a seatbelt, and the driver was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Wearing a seat belt can both prevent serious injuries and save lives. When people wear seat belts, the injuries they sustain are most often of much less severity than that which they would suffer without a seat belt. Consider the accident described above. The purpose of a seat belt is to restrain the individual in the seat of the vehicle, especially upon collision. A collision jolts someone out of their seat at a high force, but a seat belt absorbs that jolt and keeps you in place. Had the individuals in this accident been wearing their seat belts, they very well may not have been ejected from the truck.
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It is no surprise to hear that bike accidents between vehicles and cyclists often result in the cyclist suffering serious personal injuries or death. In and around the Chicago area we have thousands of people each day taking to the streets on bikes to travel to and from work or other destinations and also for exercise or leisure. As a result of the high volume of bikes on our roads and streets, our attorneys frequently read or hear news of accidents involving cyclists. Unfortunately, this week was no exception.

According to an article by the NWI Times, and bicyclist from Bartlett was killed in a collision with a tanker truck while biking in Lansing. Illinois State Police said the bicyclist was traveling on the ramp to eastbound Interstate 80/94 when he was struck by the tanker. The bicyclist died at the scene of the accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stresses that by law, bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. That is why it is so important that all users of the road, bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles, are educated on the laws, respect one another on the road, employ safe and vigilant behavior, and abide by their legal duty to not cause injury to others. Bicycle accidents take too many lives and account for a significant number of deaths in traffic accidents. Unfortunately this number has been on the rise since 2003, also according to the NHTSA. In the year 2003, there were 42,884 fatalities overall from traffic crashes, and 629 of these were cyclist fatalities. In the year 2012 though, there were 33,561 fatalities overall from traffic crashes, and 726 of these were cyclist fatalities. Of the deaths in 2012, 69% of the cyclist deaths occurred in urban areas, and almost half occurred from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. The location of these deaths may convey that motorists and cyclists are not sharing the road well and doing what they can to respect one another and keep each other safe.
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Any type of traffic accidents has the potential to be extremely dangerous and can cause people to suffer serious personal injuries or even death. However, the danger of these accidents is amplified when more than one vehicle is involved. Multi-vehicle accidents involve more than one collision and multiple parties, and injuries resulting from such accidents can be serious and even permanent and life-changing, such as broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, and loss of limb.

A three car collision in Troy, IL is under investigation by Illinois State Police, as reported by The accident occurred at Highway 40 and Triad Road and one victim sustained serious injuries. Investigators stated that the victim was driving her jeep when another vehicle came crashing into hers causing her jeep to roll, when she was simultaneously hit by a semi-truck. The victim had to be flown to a local hospital.
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Truck and motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately all too common in Chicagoland with our vast roads and highway systems that are consistently busy. When drivers are negligent on busy or congested roadways, a serious accident can occur and to take lives of innocent people or cause them to suffer serious injuries. Only a moment’s distraction can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and cause serious accidents with trucks and other motor vehicles.

The Chicago Sun Times, reports that a U.S. Postal Worker was recently killed in a Will County crash in Channahon when his vehicle collided with a truck on Youngs Road, about seven miles southwest of Joliet. The driver went off the roadway onto the shoulder and then back across the center line, hitting a Culligan water truck head on. The Culligan driver fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries, but the postal worker died at the scene of the crash.

Data shows that accidents with trucks are frequent, and these accidents are often not the fault of the truck driver but due to the negligence of another party. According to statistics presented in a fact sheet by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In that same year, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents.
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Previously, we have discussed how serious truck accidents can be, especially for the reason of the size difference between large trucks and other motor vehicles. Trucks are significantly larger in both height and weight than your average passenger car. Because of this fact, when these two vehicles are in a collision, a truck can cause serious personal injuries or death to victims of other vehicles.

This unfortunate truth about the dangers of truck accidents was especially evident in a recent truck accident that killed a Chicago actor, according to the NWI Times. The collision occurred between a passenger car and tractor trailer at the intersection of Calumet and Broadmoor avenues in Munster. The actor was preparing to appear in a production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Theater at the Center. According to police, the semi-truck was northbound on Calumet when it hit the southbound headed car that was turning left into the truck’s path. The car was then crushed beneath the cab of the truck, and the two vehicles ended up in the parking lot of a Fifth Third Bank after colliding. Authorities are still working to reconstruct and investigate this accident.
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It is always unfortunate to report the death of a member of the Chicago community. This is especially true because these fatalities occur all too often, especially as the result of truck and motor vehicle accidents. This past week has been no different, as local news reports the death and injuries of several people in a semi-truck crash.

According to news from the Chicago Tribune, a Chicago woman was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 65. The report explains that a vehicle with a flat tire pulled over to the side of the interstate. The driver turned on the hazard lights and attempted to call authorities for assistant. However, while making the call, a semi-truck ran over the top of the vehicle. The front seat passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The others suffered injuries and required hospital care. As of now, no citations have been given, and police are still investigating the crash.
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