Driving on interstate thoroughfares is a daily part of many people's lives in Southern Illinois, and residents in the Belleville area would like to have some reasonable assurance that drivers on these large and fast roadways would exercise due caution. Unfortunately, too many drivers take to the roads in a reckless or negligent manner, and as a result, people suffer serious injuries through no fault of their own.
Readers in Edwardsville and the St. Louis area likely know how fragile life can be. One moment can seem so secure and filled with possibility, while the next is devastating. Too often, reckless or negligent behavior leads to catastrophe, altering lives forever, and the families of lost loved ones are left to pick up the pieces. These facts are painfully true for the family of a 38-year-old St. Louis woman who died tragically when she was hit by an intoxicated driver.
Winter has finally arrived in Southern Illinois, and most motorists are doing their best to avoid collisions in icy and snowy conditions. However, not every driver lives up to the responsibility of exercising due caution when the weather becomes dangerous. When cold snow melts onto pavement, icy patches form, and drivers may have a difficult time seeing where danger lies. But that is precisely why motorists should choose to be more cautious when the weather is likely to produce snow and ice. Too often, a failure to take proper care on the roadway results in serious personal injury, leaving families in the wake of a catastrophe that may seem senseless in retrospect.
Sadly, an employee of a sign-making company in St. Louis was killed on Jan. 10 after suffering work-related injuries. According to local news reports, members of the St. Louis Fire Department were called to the sign-making business at about 9:20 p.m., but the 47-year-old victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A St. Clair County couple was recently awarded $700,000 in a case before the Illinois Court of Claims. The case dealt with the last claim related to an auto accident in which a state trooper was reportedly driving recklessly on Interstate 64, travelling at speeds of around 126 mph in November 2007. The car accident killed three teenagers and injured a married couple.The award in this claim was paid to the injured St. Clair County couple, putting the total paid out in the case at nearly $9 million. The family of the three teenage victims in the car accident was awarded $8 million in January 2011. That payment was the largest amount ever awarded by the Illinois court.