An Illinois driver was killed April 29 after his vehicle collided with an oil tanker on US 45. According to authorities, the tanker was in the process of backing onto a side road when the accident occurred. The area was reportedly blanketed in thick fog at the time of the accident, and it has been cited as a contributing factor in the collision.
In another single-vehicle truck accident that occurred on the same day, a cement truck driver drove off the road on Illinois 161. Officials believe that the driver ran off the side of the road and that while he was trying to regain control of his vehicle, he ran off the other side of the road and rolled down an embankment. Area firefighters had to extricate the man from his car, and he was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
Accidents involving trucks such as oil tankers and cement trucks often result in serious injury. In situations in which one of the drivers in a collision is found to be at fault, injured parties may have valid reason to pursue legal relief.
In cases where serious injury or death has occurred, survivors may be entitled to several different types of monetary damages. This recovery may include reimbursement for medical expenses, money to compensate the injured party for time lost from work as a result of the accident as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Consulting a Chicago personal injury attorney is one possible way for accident victims to determine what their legal rights are so they may make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Source: Carmi Times, “Crash kills one here, Geff motorist killed,” Braden Willis, May 2, 2013