The Midwest may have been settled by pioneers and built on trains, but trucking is king in the 21st century. Nearly all food, clothing and goods are delivered to the people of Illinois and other central states by tractor trailers and their dedicated drivers.
Professional truck driving requires extensive training and licensing, which helps keep the highways safe. However, accidents can happen when drivers are distracted or careless in their operation. The sheer weight and size of semitrucks make collisions very dangerous, possibly resulting in serious injury, permanent disability or death.
A massive accident involving at least 10 vehicles shut down a section of Interstate 55 near Hamel, resulting in at least one dead and two seriously injured. The collisions were set off when a 53-year-old truck driver took his eyes off the road to pick up a beverage.
The distraction kept the driver from being able to slow down as he approached a construction zone. The driver's cab slammed into a car, creating a chain reaction that involved several other cars. A 62-year-old female driver died of her injuries, while her 62-year-old passenger and a 45-year-old driver in another car were evacuated for treatment. All three people are from Illinois.
Victims of truck accidents and the families of those killed in truck accidents have the right under Illinois law to seek financial damages, including reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and distress, from the parties at fault. An attorney may help victims and their families assess their options and make the proper steps toward restitution.
Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "One dies of injuries, 2 remain hospitalized after 10-car accident on I-55," Dana Rieck, Dec. 19, 2017