An Illinois interstate was closed on March 17 for approximately 10 hours after two semi-trucks crashed. The fiery truck accident occurred on Interstate 70 near Brownstown in Fayette County. Sadly, one driver died, and the other was seriously injured in the collision.
Southern Illinois residents know that seat belts are intended to keep us safe during a car accident. However, if high speeds are involved or depending on the angle of impact, a seatbelt may not be enough. Sadly, this was the situation last week in which a car was hit by an SUV. All parties involved were wearing their seatbelts, yet serious injuries resulted, and a 6-year-old girl lost her life.
A recent head-on crash near Freeburg will likely result in DUI and marijuana charges for a 20-year-old woman. She suffered serious head injuries, according to authorities. The police were waiting for the woman to be released from the hospital to charge her for her role in the head-on 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.
After receiving a call from a friend who had run out of gas, a 67-year-old man in the St. Louis area drove to a section of road on Interstate 55 to help. The man pulled his vehicle in front of his friend's, which was parked on the left shoulder of the roadway. The 67-year-old was putting gas in his friend's car when he was struck by an 18-wheeler that was travelling in the far left lane. The truck driver told police that he hadn't seen the victim before the collision. Sadly, the 67-year-old man died as a result of his injuries.
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.
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.
St. Clair County residents may recall the horrible car accident that took place almost four years ago when an Illinois state trooper crashed into another vehicle, killing two sisters. The incident became controversial when it was learned that the trooper was driving recklessly when his patrol car crossed the median on I-64 and resulted in a deadly, fiery crash. That car accident took place in November of 2007.
In a recent tragic car accident, a 33-year-old Collinsville man was killed in a head-on crash. Declared dead at the scene, the man was said to have been passing another vehicle when he collided with a minivan travelling in the other direction. While the man was apparently wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, he still suffered blunt force trauma that claimed his life. There were no passengers in his vehicle. Sadly, car accidents of this nature occur all too often in St. Clair County.