Girard, IL (May 7, 2020) – An 18-year-old was killed following a crash involving a semi-truck near Girard, Illinois on Wednesday, May 6th. The collision occurred on State Route 4 near the intersection of Finney Road. Colby Rheude of Virden, Illinois was driving a truck on Route 4 when he collided head-on with a commercial vehicle at around 2:14 p.m.
At this time, the cause of the accident is unknown. Rheude was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi, Walter Smith, 51, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is currently in progress.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Colby Rheude at this time.
Illinois Deadly Semi-Truck Accidents
It’s reported that nearly 5,000 occupants of passenger vehicles are killed in crashes involving 18-wheelers annually. There are more than 500,000 collisions involving commercial vehicles reported each year. Nearly 98% of fatalities involve someone outside the big rig.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is nearly unbearable. Surviving family members may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a representative of the decedent’s estate – usually a close family member – seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, a wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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