When handling legal affairs following tragic accidents, our Illinois injury attorneys have witnessed many heartbreaking examples of families suffering unspeakable losses. In particular, the most gut-wrenching vehicle crashes involve young children. Severe injury or death to children is perhaps the most devastating possible consequence of these accidents.
The Republic reported earlier today on one of those tragic accidents, representing the worst form of truck crash. Authorities explained that a 2003 Chevy van with eight passengers was traveling in rural Coles County in Southern Illinois when the driver lost control of the machine. The errant vehicle was near the town of Loxa when the van went across the center line and struck a semi-trailer traveling in the opposite direction.
As a result of the impact seven of the eight people in the vehicle were ejected. The van flipped over in the wreck and landed in a ditch near the side of the road. When emergency rescue personnel arrived at the scene two young female passengers, a 12 year old and 15 year old, were pronounced dead. Six other people were injured.
Police reported that tickets were issued to the van’s driver for a variety of negligent conduct including improper lane usage, failure to wear a seatbelt, an invalid driver’s license, lack of insurance, and speeding. Highway accidents often involve the most severe injuries because of the speed and size of vehicles using the roadway.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti send heartfelt condolences to the victims and their loved ones. The loss of a family member in a road accident occurs too frequently on roads all across the country. While some accidents remain unavoidable, many are the products of poor decisions and risky driving. It is incumbent upon everyone to ensure that their own driving is as safe as possible so that fewer families suffer following these heartbreaking tragedies.
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