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Fatal truck crash shuts parts of Interstate 80 in Illinois

Police in Joliet report that two semitrucks crashed on Interstate 80 at Houbolt Road. Illinois state police say that a truck-tractor that was hauling a trailer on the ramp from Houbolt Road west onto Interstate 80 was hit by another semitruck that was traveling west on Interstate 80.

One of the people inside one of the trucks died. Two other people involved in the semitruck accident were treated and then released. The left and right lanes on westbound Interstate 80 at Houbolt Road had to remain closed until the following morning for investigation and cleanup purposes. The westbound traffic was detoured to Larkin Avenue. 

Semitruck accidents can result in injuries, fatalities and vehicle damages. Sometimes, they are severer than other types of vehicle accidents simply because of the larger size of the trucks involved. When people are involved in truck accidents, they can file civil suits against the other drivers to seek compensation for their injuries and hospital bills. Furthermore, if someone dies as a result of the accident, then family members can even file a wrongful death suit against the other drivers. Therefore, in addition to any criminal charges that drivers may face, they may also face civil charges. Civil suits are separate from criminal charges however. For example, a driver may be exonerated of any criminal charges but can still be ordered to pay in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful death lawyers may help people determine whether or not they meet the conditions to file lawsuits. Then they can help them compile the evidence proving that the other driver acted negligently and present their cases before the court.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Fatal crash shuts westbound lanes of I-80 in Joliet," April 10, 2013 

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