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Illinois driver killed in tractor-trailer accident

Business across Illinois and elsewhere in the country rely on trucks. Truck drivers require special qualifications and experience to properly operate tractor-trailers and other heavy equipment, because accidents are possible but must remain rare to maintain safety on the roads.

Illinois State Police accident reconstruction teams and authorities with La Salle County are investigating a recent two-vehicle accident that cost a 37-year-old Essex man his life. Authorities with the La Salle County Sheriff's Office managed to clear the scene within four hours after the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A tractor-trailer collided with a box truck driven by the victim on Illinois State Route 23 north of the town of Grand Ridge in the morning hours of a recent Friday. The name of the tractor-trailer's driver was not released, although the driver did survive the crash without life-threatening injuries.

No other vehicle or person was involved in the crash, which had no reported eyewitnesses. Authorities in Kankakee County have contacted any family that the victim may have had.

Victims in truck accidents or other collision with heavy machinery on the road may be eligible for financial compensation, including medical expenses paid or wages lost during recovery. The same may apply to funeral expenses and other costs related to a traffic death.

An attorney may help victims and their families discover all possible options for settlements, civil court actions or other ways of being made whole through legal action. Victims of accidents should consider legal representation.

Source: News Tribune, "Kankakee County man dies in crash south of Ottawa," Ali Braboy, Nov. 17, 2017

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