Edwardsville, IL (August 21, 2020) – A man was injured after being struck by a tractor-trailer in Edwardsville on Thursday afternoon, August 20, on Interstate 55.
Initial reports revealed that a pickup truck pulling a trailer was waiting on the left shoulder of the highway near milepost 23. The driver of the truck was standing next to the vehicle when he and the vehicle were struck by a tractor-trailer at around 1:35 p.m. The oncoming tractor-trailer sideswiped the pickup truck and the driver, according to local sources.
The tractor-trailer swerved and overcorrected before overturning. Another vehicle behind the tractor-trailer was damaged due to debris, but the driver was not injured.
The driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to a nearby medical facility for the treatment of sustained injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for Scott’s Law and improper lane usage.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is currently underway.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois
Pedestrians are at increased risk of suffering life-threatening injuries in the event of a crash involving a crash involving a motor vehicle. In 2018, a pedestrian was killed in a vehicle collision every 88 minutes on average. The vast majority of pedestrian crashes in Illinois take place in Cook County. There were 4,930 reported pedestrian accidents in Illinois in 2012. A reported 139 pedestrians were killed in collisions across the state that year, and another 4,665 pedestrians sustained injuries in crashes.
Pedestrians and cyclists have to share the roadways with other motor vehicles. It is the duty of all drivers to safely share the roads with pedestrians and yield the right of way when necessary. Sadly, too many drivers fail to pay attention to areas like crosswalks, and far too often, serious Illinois pedestrian accidents are the result. In many cases, drivers ignore or refuse to respect when pedestrians have the right of way, and the resulting injuries in the event of an accident can be catastrophic.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, our Illinois pedestrian accident attorneys have more than a century of combined experience fighting for the rights of pedestrian crash victims in Illinois, and that means we know how to recover the compensation our clients deserve. We have successfully represented clients seriously injured as a result of negligent or reckless motorists, and we will fight diligently to make sure that the driver responsible is held liable for your damages. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what we can do for your case by consulting with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer.
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