According to a report published by DailyRegister.com, a Thompsonville man has sustained serious injuries after colliding with a commercial vehicle. The Illinois semi truck accident transpired when the 68-year-old driver of a passenger vehicle failed to yield at the intersection of Macedonia Road and State Route 34 causing a collision with an oncoming semi tractor-trailer.
The passenger vehicle driver was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the collision and sustained extensive injuries that required him to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The 68-year-old has received a citation from local authorities for failure to yield at an intersection. The semi truck driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and remained unharmed. Illinois 34 near Franklin County Road remained closed for over three hours while road crews cleaned up the wreckage.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a safety belt each time a vehicle is operated. Even though seat belt use in on the rise nationwide, recent findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over 68% of drivers and passengers between the ages of 16 and 20 are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year due to failure to wear a safety belt. Unfortunately, the same statistics holds true from drivers up to the age of 44.
Despite common misconceptions about seat belt use, seat belts save over 11,000 lives each year. The purpose of a seat belt is to hold vehicle occupants (the driver and their passengers) in place in the event that the vehicle abruptly stops. Even though many drivers state that seat belt use is unnecessary when making a short trip, research conducted by the Louisiana State Police found that 85% of crashes occur within five miles of the driver’s residence.
Another common misconception is that seat belt use is pointless if a motor vehicle is equipped with air bags. Although almost every motor vehicle on our roadways nowadays is fully equipped with air bags, these safety devices are only provided as a supplemental restraint system. This means that in order to achieve maximum safety benefits from an air bag, one must also use a safety belt.
The Illinois semi truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that simple safe driving habits, such as regular seat belt use, obeying posted speed limits, adjusting to adverse road conditions, as well as, avoidance of distracted driving practices can help prevent the thousands of injuries and fatalities each year from Illinois semi truck accidents.