Illinois State Police respond to many incidents throughout the state each night. On April 21 they reported being called to a single-car accident late in the evening. The accident resulted in the death of one man and critical injuries to at least one other.
A recent two-car collision in Illinois required that a man be extricated from his vehicle and transported to a local hospital. The crash caused major damage to the vehicles involved, and the 33-year-old driver who was apparently at fault for the crash was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a car accident.
Illinois police reported a five-car accident in Belleville on April 9 that resulted in a number of injuries. As many as five people were said to have been hospitalized as a result of the chain-reaction car accident. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon at the intersection of Illinois 161 and Royal Heights Road. Two of the highway's eastbound lanes were closed for about an hour and a half after the collision.
Sometimes the full extent of injuries sustained in an auto accident is not known until weeks, months or even years after the crash. And as many people in Southern Illinois have found out the hard way, serious injuries can accumulate symptoms and pains as time goes on. That is why insurance companies often try to settle early with what might seem at first like a fair offer. But sometimes those early settlements are merely the insurance company's attempt to prevent an injured person from suing after the full extent of the injuries becomes clear. Knowing this, many people who have been seriously injured in a car accident seek the help of a legal professional who can help ensure that the awarded compensation doesn't run out while the injured person is still suffering.
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.
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.
Residents of St. Clair County know that, when the level of traffic increases during the holiday season, more car accidents tend to occur. The greater frequency of crashes may be due to the increased number of vehicles on the road, or it may also be due to other reasons, such as driver inattention or increased alcohol consumption. Indeed, sometimes the cause of a car accident is not initially apparent, requiring a closer investigation by police and other concerned parties. Such would seem to be the case in a crash that occurred on Dec. 20.According to Belleville Police, two women had to be taken to a hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle collision. The car accident took place around 6:30 in the evening and happened at the intersection of Illinois 161 and Frank Scott Parkway in Belleville. Police reported that one of the women was pregnant, but no information was released on her or the other woman's current condition.
Car accidents come in all shapes and sizes, and those involving a school bus are particularly frightening. One such collision occurred in St. Clair County on the afternoon of Dec.15 on Highway 161 between North County Road and Silver Creek Bridge, sending one of the drivers to a Belleville hospital.A 19-year-old boy driving a 1995 Honda Prelude lost control of his vehicle and struck a school bus coming in the opposite direction. The car accident happened about 4 p.m., and fortunately there were no students on the school bus. While the 51-year-old bus driver emerged from the crash uninjured, the young driver of the Prelude was banged up and taken to a Belleville hospital for treatment. After an investigation, the cause of the accident was initially said to be attributed to a mechanical error in the Honda, and police did not issue any traffic citations at the scene. Both the school bus, which ended up in a ditch, and the Honda Prelude were totaled.
In a tragic case of workplace fatality, a 54-year-old Alton man was killed recently when he became entangled in a wood chipper. Exactly what caused the man to become trapped by the machine is not yet known. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting a fatality investigation.