Irvington, IL (August 29, 2020) – A man driving a semi-truck was killed after being involved in an accident with a drunk driver outside of Irvington Township in Washington County on Thursday evening, August 27.
According to local reports, the driver of a sport-utility vehicle attempted to cross all four lanes on US-51 and collided with the semi-truck. The driver of the SUV, 39-year-old Bradley Wilson of Centralia, Illinois, collided with the driver’s side door of the commercial vehicle. The driver of the 18-wheeler was identified as 50-year-old Charles Youngblood of Wayne City, Illinois.
Youngblood was transported to a nearby medical facility where he was later pronounced dead. The Illinois State Police charged Wilson with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failure to yield at an intersection. Wilson was taken to a medical facility for the treatment of life-threatening injuries.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is being managed by local law enforcement officials. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Charles Youngblood at this time.
Deadly Drunk Driving Accidents in Washington County
Despite increased awareness campaigns on the dangers of drunk driving, many people still choose to get behind the wheel after having one too many. An estimated 29 people are killed daily in drunk driving crashes across the country, an average of one day every 50 minutes. More than 10,000 people are killed annually in DUI collisions in the United States. In 2016, nearly 28% of traffic fatalities involve drunk drivers. That year, more than one million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate — usually a close family member — seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
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, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Our legal team is dedicated to making sure that each of our clients recovers the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Contact our offices today at 877-930-2551 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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