Illinois sits at the crossroads of the northern United States and Canada, bringing many highways and railroads through the state. Drivers of all types keep an eye out for each other, as well as the many hazards that can appear on the roads.
Extra attention must be paid to special types of vehicles, such as motorcycles with a low profile and lower visibility to other drivers. Trucks and construction vehicles also lack maneuverability and speed control compared to smaller passenger cars and pickup trucks.
A van driver's life was lost in a collision with a semi on Illinois State Route 74 in Lynn Center recently. The van had just left a section of Interstate 74 and turned east on the state road as a semi drove through the interchange.
The truck struck the driver's side of the van, ejecting the driver from the vehicle and causing fatal injuries. Officials from Henry County law enforcement and public safety responded and sealed off the area for reconstruction and recovery efforts.
The accident, at midday in a relatively isolated area, was against the odds because many common risk factors for accidents were not present. It is a reminder to drivers so constantly maintain awareness of surroundings.
Victims of collisions with trucks and other heavy vehicles may have a case against an at-fault drivers for damages and restitution. Victims and their survivors may seek an attorney with experience that helps them decide the best path towards being made whole in the wake of a disaster.
Source: WQAD, "Crews respond to fatal crash on IL-81 near Lynn Center," Oct. 23, 2017