The Herald-Review reported this weekend on a pair of deadly Illinois trucking accidents that took the lives of two local residents.
The first truck accident struck on Interstate 72, early in the morning around 3:45 a.m. According to reports, the 50-year old victim was standing in front of his large semitruck which was disabled on the side of the highway. The truck had hit a deer while traveling shortly before. A tow truck had just pulled up to offer assistance to the stalled truck. Without warning, a second semi-truck slammed into the rear of the disabled machine. The impact caused the stopped semi to slide directly into the driver. He was killed instantly.
Later investigations revealed that the trucker that caused the accident had fallen asleep at the wheel. He also tested positive for drugs and alcohol in his system.
A few hours later a second fatal Illinois truck crash occurred, this time on Illinois 48. A 49-year old car driver was traveling south on the highway, northeast of Blue Mound when his car began to drift. It eventually crossed the center line and veered into the northbound lane of traffic. As a result, the car slammed head-first into a semitruck.
The impact caused the truck to erupt into flames after the diesel fuel tank was ruptured. Fortunately, the truck driver was able to escape the vehicle in time and did not suffer injury. The car driver was less fortunate. He suffered massive internal chest injuries and had to be extricated from the car by emergency officials. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain saddened by the prevalence of truck accidents-often the result of drifting like in these accidents. Of course, the tragedies seem particular egregious in the case of the trucker driver who not only fell asleep behind the wheel but was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. That conduct can never be tolerated. It is important for the driver and his employers to be held responsible for their conduct.
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