Commercial-news.com recently made a report by detailing a central Illinois trucking accident Thursday morning that left the driver dead at the scene. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys read that a 2006 International truck was headed west on Interstate 74 at the 209-mile marker near Danville, Illinois when it exited the roadway to the right around 4:30am. The truck allegedly drove up an embankment and back, and came to rest on a grassy area north of the road. Illinois State Police confirmed that the driver, a 51 year-old man of Taylorville, Illinois was found unresponsive at the scene of the accident and was taken to the hospital’s emergency department.
Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department, in addition to Oakwood Ambulance, Kickapoo Fire, and the Tilton Police Department, arrived at the scene of the accident. Reports indicate the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and therefore was not ejected from the vehicle. He also was not extricated by any emergency crews on the scene. The report states that a Vermillion County Coroner indicated a preliminary autopsy pointed to a massive heart attack as the driver’s cause of death. Toxicology test results from the autopsy are still pending.
While road traffic accidents most commonly occur due to negligent motorists, distracted driving, or some form of driver error, other accidents may be caused by sudden illness of the driver. From the perspective of our Illinois truck accident attorneys, there are many rules and laws in place that are worthwhile for every driver to know in the case that an unexpected medical condition arises while driving.
Unexpected medical conditions that are considered to be “sudden illness” behind the wheel most commonly include heart attacks, strokes, and epilepsy. If you are involved in a road traffic accident due to sudden illness, you may be unable to act at the scene. It is important to stay calm and call for help if and when you are able to. If you are injured from the accident as well, continue to remain calm and let emergency services take control of the situation. Be sure to inform emergency services if you believe you’ve suffered a heart attack or stroke as soon as possible.
If you do suffer from sudden illness while driving, there is a good chance that you will not be prosecuted for causing an accident, as you most likely had no control over the car at that stage. However, medical evidence will be critical in determining liability. Contact your insurance company who will explain your rights as the driver who suffered the sudden illness. Even if you are in the car with a driver who suffers from a medical condition, you may have the ability to claim. Accidents caused by unexpected medical conditions while driving have the potential of becoming very complex as far as where legal liability truly falls. Determining who is liable for the accident depends on numerous factors, such as medical evidence, whether the driver’s medical condition was fatal or non-fatal, the driver’s history of medical conditions, who was injured in the accident, and whether the accident itself was the cause of a heart attack or other illness to the driver.
Every year, our Chicago truck accident lawyers provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. In the case of an accident caused by sudden illness to the driver, we can help you determine where liability falls, in addition to helping accident victims compensate for personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti. We are willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse is available to you, and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.