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.
Although we do not know why the woman pulled out in front of the truck, we feel it is important to once again stress the importance of not driving while distracted. While the accident is still under investigation, it appears from the article that the deceased pulled out of a parking area without looking for any oncoming traffic. When people avoid distractions and do not divert their attention from the roadway, they can remain safe from preventable dangers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in the year 2012 alone, 3,328 individuals were killed in distracted driving crashes. That’s 3,328 people who could still be alive today had they maintained their attention to driving. Whether carrying on conversations in the car, adjusting music, talking on the phone, or texting, these are all distractions that take your focus away from driving to other things. The less focused you are on driving, the more you open yourself up to danger on the road. As you can see from this accident, distracted driving collisions can and do happen anywhere, even a forest preserve parking lot in a rural area. Dangers are not only on busy roads and urban cities, and we need to devote our focus to our driving no matter the geographic location.
It is also all too often that distracted driving not only endangers the distracted driver, but others in the vehicle and on the road as well. The decisions we make as drivers do not only impact ourselves but everyone around us. Our attorneys remind you that when drivers get behind the wheel that they have a legal duty to be safe drivers and not be the cause of danger and injury to others. Where drivers act negligently or recklessly, including being a distracted driver, and their actions are the cause for an accident, they have breached their legal duty and can be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If your or someone you love has suffered from another’s negligence on the road, we are always happy to sit down with you and talk about your legal options in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.