An Illinois semi truck accident claimed the life of a 76-year-old McHenry County woman earlier this week. In a report published by the Courier-News, the accident resulted when the passenger vehicle the woman was driving drove into the path of an oncoming semi tractor-trailer. The accident occurred at the dangerous Hampshire intersection of Route 20 and Big Timber Road. The accident caused Route 20 to be closed for several hours while accident an reconstructionist and Illinois trucking officials conducted an investigation into the fatal accident. Local authorities and eye-witnesses at the scene stated that the truck driver never had a chance to stop in time to avoid collision and will not face charges.
The dangerous intersection of Route 20 and Big Timber Road has proven to be a recurring source of motor vehicle collisions within the past several years. Just three years ago a collision at the crossing resulted in injury of four teenagers. According to authorities, the last three accidents at the intersection all involved semi trucks. Illinois and Kane County officials have continued to express concern about the lack of visibility at the dangerous intersection due to the curve on Route 20. The Illinois Department of Transportation has recently recommended the concept of developing the intersection into a roundabout that would require drivers to substantially reduce speed.
Intersections have proven to be a consistent location of devastating accidents often resulting injuries and fatalities. 40% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the United States each year involve drivers who: fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, drive through a stop sign, or run a red light, according to the Driving Institute of America. To avoid dangerous intersection accidents, drivers of all types of vehicles should anticipate the hazards associated with crossings and know how to safely and properly avoid them. SafetyInfo.com provides helpful driving tips to avoid these potentially fatal collisions:
– Approach intersections with caution. Be alert that cross traffic may not adhere to traffic signals.
– When crossing an uncontrolled intersection, allow enough time to clear the entire roadway without interfering with oncoming traffic.
– Exercise extreme caution at uncontrolled intersections where large vehicles are traveling.
Our Illinois semi truck accident lawyers continue to encourage drivers to exercise safe driving habits each time a vehicle is operated. Many accidents can be avoided when drivers stay attentive and adhere to traffic safety laws. Unfortunately, countless accident result each day from drivers who operate in a careless and negligent manner. If your or a loved one has been injured as a result of driver negligence, please contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney to seek what legal rights may be available to you.