MyFoxChicago.com released that a woman was killed on Tuesday night when a semi truck crossed the median of Interstate 88 and struck her SUV. Our wrongful death attorneys learned that the collision took place at 7:14PM on the toll road between Butterfield Road and Route 56 near west suburban Aurora. Illinois State Police say the semi was traveling east when it went through the grassy median and into the westbound lanes of traffic. Upon entering the westbound lanes, it struck the woman’s SUV head on. The semi stopped in a ditch on the right side of the westbound lanes and caught fire just seconds later, according to the State Police Tollway District Master Sergeant.
The driver of the SUV, a 46-year old woman of southern Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Kane County Coroner’s office released that an autopsy Wednesday showed the preliminary cause of death was directly related to the accident. Toxicology samples were collected and sent to a forensics lab for evaluation. The cause of the crash remains under investigation; no citations have been issued yet.
Vehicles that cross the centerline are causing an increasing number of fatal accidents on Illinois highways and interstates. Often times, motorists deliberately attempt to cross the centerline with the intentions of changing directions on the interstate. Other times, motorists accidently cross the centerline due to factors like poor weather conditions, impaired driving, or being involved in a previous accident.
No matter what the cause, these accidents can have severe consequences to those nearby. On the smallest level, these accidents generally affect all lanes of traffic on the interstate. In the above crash, westbound lanes were closed for more than five hours following the collision until being reopened at 1am, state police said. More seriously, these accidents to cause life-altering consequences to those involved, including personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage.
Our attorneys understand that the above report does not specify why the semi truck crossed the median of the interstate or if he was the direct cause of the accident. It also does not confirm whether the woman’s family planned to seek legal action against the driver of the truck. When individuals do suffer serious injuries as a result of careless of negligent motorists, they have the right to seek legal representation to receive compensation for their sufferings. If the truck driver was negligent, the victim’s family may be able to file a claim in civil court against him.
Illinois Police objectives to reduce the number of these accidents currently include attempting to find ways to keep vehicles from traveling into the opposite lane, minimizing the likelihood of a car crashing into an oncoming vehicle, and ultimately reduce the severity of accidents that occur. However, our attorneys understand that not all accidents are preventable. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a negligent motorist, please contact us for more information. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action, as well as determine what rights and compensation may be available to you.