A Chicagoland semi crash last week ultimately took the life of a female SUV driver and injured two young children who were in her vehicle. The Chicago Tribune reported on the crash, which is still under investigation by local authorities.
The Illinois truck crash struck in Channahon last Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. A female driver in a white SUV was stopped westbound on Eames Street at the Bell Road intersection. Witnesses report that the woman was attempting to make a left turn onto Bell Road. At the same time a semi-truck was traveling westbound on Eames. For reasons still being determined, the on-coming truck crashed into the passenger side of the SUV and eventually pinned it against a pole on the side of the road.
The SUV driver was stuck inside the vehicle for several hours and was pronounced dead at the scene. The two children in the back seat suffered severe injury but were able to be pulled from the car by the first passersby.
Authorities are investigating to determine if the traffic signals were activated and working properly. The circumstances suggest that the SUV driver either pulled out too far into the oncoming lane when attempting to make the turn or assumed that the truck driver would stop at the intersection. This could have occurred merely by an oversight, slight error, or potentially a malfunctioning traffic signal. The signal had only recently been installed at the intersection, mostly in response to safety concerns of parents at a nearby school.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti send genuine condolences to these accidents victims. These crashes strike so quickly, and no one is ever prepared to deal with the aftermath. All that can be done is to honestly assess how the crash occurred, and ensure that those who were innocently injured be compensated for their losses as best as possible. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have been helping the victims of these and similar crashes for years.
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