Any type of traffic accidents has the potential to be extremely dangerous and can cause people to suffer serious personal injuries or even death. However, the danger of these accidents is amplified when more than one vehicle is involved. Multi-vehicle accidents involve more than one collision and multiple parties, and injuries resulting from such accidents can be serious and even permanent and life-changing, such as broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, and loss of limb.
A three car collision in Troy, IL is under investigation by Illinois State Police, as reported by KMOV.com. The accident occurred at Highway 40 and Triad Road and one victim sustained serious injuries. Investigators stated that the victim was driving her jeep when another vehicle came crashing into hers causing her jeep to roll, when she was simultaneously hit by a semi-truck. The victim had to be flown to a local hospital.
Accidents involving large trucks are especially dangerous because of their immense size in both height and weight. The impact of such a large vehicle traveling at fast speeds can cause serious injuries, that are oftentimes permanent. Rollover accidents are also extremely dangerous and more common in tall and narrow vehicles, like trucks and SUVs, because they have a high center of gravity, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. That is a factor in why in this accident the jeep rolled over upon being struck. Rollovers are also more common on roadways where drivers travel at high speeds, such as highways and interstates. Nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers took place where the posted speed limit was 55 mph or higher. In addition to highways, rollovers also tend to occur in rural areas. Almost ¾ of fatal rollovers occur in rural areas where the speed limit is also 55 mph or higher.
All drivers commit to a legal duty of keeping others on the roads safe and not being the cause of an accident when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. When a driver acts in an unsafe or reckless manner, and their actions cause an accident, they can be held liable for negligence through a lawsuit. Injured victims often require lengthy medical treatment and rehabilitation and may be unable to return or work or earn income. Through our legal system, victims can seek to hold those negligent wrongdoers accountable for the injuries, pain, and suffering that were no fault of their own. With over 20 years of experience handling serious accident lawsuits, our lawyers are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to help injured victims of crashes obtain the justice they deserve. Our attorneys are proud of the numerous successful verdicts and settlements we have obtained for our clients and may be able to help you and your family. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options and potential case with you.