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Multi-vehicle crash in Illinois began with sleeping trucker

Illinois is crossed in every direction by interstate highways, bringing more cargo through the state by truck every year. The high number of semitrucks among passenger vehicles suggest vigilance on the highway, especially as driver errors can cause serious damages and injuries in accidents.

A multi-vehicle accident paralyzed traffic on an Illinois interstate highway after a big rig plowed into a car at the end of a slow-moving line of vehicles. There were 14 injuries among the drivers and passengers, although there were fortunately no fatalities.

The Illinois State Police reported that seven passenger cars were involved, all stopped or slowed due to nearby road construction. The driver of the semi that struck the rear vehicle claimed he fell asleep at the wheel and failed to stop.

The semi and another vehicle caught fire, which was contained by the local fire department. Bystanders managed to pull injured and trapped drivers and passengers out before the fire claimed any lives.

The driver of the semi was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, as well as driving while fatigued. Eastbound traffic was closed for an hour, while westbound traffic in the lanes where the accident took place were closed for the entire afternoon.

The victims of truck accidents — and their families in the case of fatal accidents — have the right to seek damages for pain and suffering, as well as reimbursement for medical expenses or end-of-life costs. Experienced and competent legal representation is often an essential asset when fighting for civil justice in the Illinois court system.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan, "Update: Fiery 8-vehicle crash results in 14 injuries, shuts down westbound I-24 in Johnson County," Aug. 04, 2017

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