Macon Co, IL (August 6, 2020) – A man from Decatur, Illinois was killed following a multi-vehicle collision involving two semi-trucks in Macon County on Wednesday night, August 5. The accident occurred on Interstate 72 near milepost 150 at around 9:14 p.m.
According to reports from the Illinois State Police, a vehicle was stopped due to a broken down semi-truck on the highway. Another semi-truck rear-ended the stopped vehicle, causing it to then rear-end the semi-truck ahead of it. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 32-year-old Erik Ervin, suffered fatal injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead by attending emergency personnel.
Both drivers of the semi-trucks were hospitalized for the treatment of sustained injuries. At this time, no updates on the conditions of the injured parties have been provided. The factors contributing to the collision are still unknown at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials. As the investigation continues, more details will be made public.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Erik Ervin at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal 18-Wheeler Collisions in Illinois
A fully loaded 18-wheeler traveling at highway speeds can exert a significant amount of force in the event of a collision. An accident involving a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle can result in significant injuries or even death. As of August 3, 2020, data from the Illinois Department of Transportation revealed that there have been 56 fatal semi-truck accidents reported across the state this year. There were nearly 12.267 reported collisions in Illinois involving large commercial trucks in 2018, accounting for 3.8% of traffic accidents reported that year. 106 of these collisions resulted in fatal injuries, and another 2,075 resulted in injuries across the state.
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 312-386-7683 if you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Illinois semi-truck car accident.
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