The roads of Illinois are generally safe, although poor weather is one of many risk factors that can make them more hazardous. Snow and ice on road surfaces, as well as distracted driving and cell phone use while behind the wheel, increase the chances of a collision.
Tractor-trailers and other large trucks, especially at high speeds, are more likely to create disastrous consequences if they are involved in motor vehicle accidents. The mass and low maneuverability of tractor-trailers can cause serious damage, injury, disability or death if drivers lose control or fail to drive responsibility around other vehicles.
A 29-year-old woman lost her life after the car she was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on a road coated with snow and ice. The McLean County corner reported she died near Hudson of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident.
Illinois State Police recorded that the crash occurred shortly after dawn on a Monday while the roads were snow-packed with slick spots, often created by heavy traffic over snow on road surfaces. The collision is still under investigation by local authorities.
The loss of a friend of relative in a car accident is always a tragedy, and it is compounded if a person is of working age and helping to support a family or community. Lawsuits can help defray funeral expenses and the loss felt by reduced income after a traffic death.
An attorney can help represent the survivors of motor vehicle accident fatality in a settlement or civil action against the party at fault. The right legal representation may increase the chances of a successful suit.
Source: The Pantagraph, "El Paso woman killed in crash near Hudson," Jan. 17, 2018