The Telegraph Online reported last week on an Illinois truck accident. The early morning crash struck in Central Illinois shortly before 6:30 a.m. A 19-year old driver was in a westbound SUV on Illinois Route 143 when he drifted across the center line. A large garbage truck was headed eastbound-it slammed into the SUV. The driver suffered serious injuries and had to be cut from the car.
Officials are still piecing together the possible reasons that the car drifted from its lane. The driver was a diabetic and may have had a low blood sugar level at the time. The condition could have caused him to pass out. Also, the young man had just finished an overnight work shift. General fatigue could be involved. Alternatively, there was heavy fog in the area at the time, which may have obstructed the view of the driver. In fact, emergency helicopter crews were prevented from assisting in the effort specifically because of the foggy conditions.
Whatever the case, the Illinois truck crash serves as a reminder that accidents occur each day on our roadways for any number of reasons. The alertness of the driver and the complications caused by weather are some of the most common factors. With a blizzard expected to hit the Chicago area this week, it is vital that all drivers account for these and similar risks.
Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the perilous circumstances that lead to many traffic accidents. We are committed to sorting through the details of these crashes to help suffering victims understand the causes and protect their losses. Please contact our office to learn more about your legal rights when a harmful car or trucking crash occurs.
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