Madison Co, IL (July 29, 2020) – A multi-vehicle collision involving a semi-truck left one person dead and multiple others injured. The accident took place in Madison County on Monday afternoon, July 27. The site of the crash was located on Interstate 255 near milepost 26.6. At this time, the identity of the deceased victim has not been released.
According to local reports, a 2010 blue Honda was traveling northbound on the highway at the time of the crash. The driver reportedly was traveling too fast for the roadway conditions and lost control of the vehicle. The Honda proceeded to leave the roadway to the left and cross the center median. A 2018 white Honda Civic traveling southbound collided with the other vehicle head-on. The Civic came to a rest on the roadway while the blue Honda continued to travel north in the southbound lanes.
A 2019 Blue international truck-tractor semi-trailer combination was traveling southbound on the interstate and was unable to avoid striking the blue Honda. Both the driver of the Civic, identified as 45-year-old male Todd Gerdes from St. Charles, Missouri, and the driver of the semi-truck, identified as 25-year-old Edon Mehmeti from St. Louis, Missouri, were both hospitalized for the treatment of sustained injuries.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently in progress.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly 18-Wheeler Accidents in Illinois
Crashes involving large semi-trucks can be devastating, particularly for those involving passenger cars. For that reason, passenger-vehicle occupants are at risk of suffering from fatal injuries in the event of an 18-wheeler collision. Of the 311,679 reported collisions in Illinois in 2017, around 3.5% of crashes involving tractor-trailers. However, nearly 9.6% of fatal crashes and 2.7% of injury collisions involved semi-trucks.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a family member when a loved one has died due to the negligent behavior of another person. There are many potential situations that may warrant a wrongful death suit in Illinois, including a car accident, medical malpractice, or even nursing home negligence. Illinois state law allows a victim’s family or estate to recover compensation in the event of a wrongful death in order to recover from damages resulting from the loss of a loved one.
If you believe that your loved one’s death may have been caused by another person’s negligence, you need to consult with an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. will make sure that your interests and legal rights are protected through every step of the legal process, and our years of experience means we can help you construct a strong case. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Illinois trucking accident.
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