A two-vehicle collision recently left one person in critical condition and hundreds of commuters stuck due to an 11-hour road closure near Addison, Illinois. The Addison Fire Department confirmed that the collision occurred at about 1 a.m., near Interstate 290.
Although the causes of the accident are still under investigation, the collision occurred in the early morning hours when an SUV crossed lines into oncoming traffic and was struck by a U.S. Postal Service semi truck. Emergency crews arrived on the scene quickly, but required nearly 40 minutes to remove the driver of the SUV from the wreckage. The driver, who had been pinned inside the passenger cab of the vehicle in the crash, was subsequently airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in critical condition. Fortunately, the driver of the SUV was the only one injured in the collision. The driver of the Postal Service Semitrailer was found walking around the scene by emergency crews and was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital in good condition.
Authorities declined to offer any causes for the accident, but the time and nature of the accident suggest that drowsiness may have played a role. While it is easy to assume that it is safe to get behind the wheel if one has not consumed drugs or alcohol that would impair driving skills, simple fatigue can be just as dangerous as any controlled substance. Anyone considering driving in the late night or early morning hours should be especially careful to take stock of how fatigued he or she may be before getting behind the wheel.
A car accident can happen to anyone, regardless of how safe or conscientious a driver he or she may be. For those who have been injured in a car accident may find that a qualified attorney can help ensure that their rights are protected while pursuing fair compensation for their losses.
Source: dailyherald.com, "Head-on collision on Rt. 83 leaves one in critical condition," Erin Hegarty, Aug. 03, 2016