Champaign Co, IL (September 2, 2020) – One man was killed and another injured following a semi-truck accident in Champaign County on Tuesday evening, September 1. Initial reports revealed that the accident occurred on Interstate 57 about a mile north of Tolono, Illinois at around 6:58 p.m.
According to the Champaign County Coroner’s Office, the driver of a semi-truck, 62-year-old John P. Wilson from Oakwood, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities reported that Wilson was driving a 2020 Freightliner utility truck northbound on I-57 at the time of the accident. For unknown reasons, the truck left the roadway, and the driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle.
The truck overturned into a nearby ditch. A passenger in the truck, 51-year-old Troy W. Tranchant from Danville, Illinois, was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. No updates on the collision are available at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local authorities.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of John P. Wilson at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Semi-Truck Accidents in Illinois
Semi-truck accidents can be detrimental and are known to result in life-threatening injuries for those involved. Each year, there are more than 500,000 collisions involving 18-wheelers reported across the country. On average, 500 people traveling in big rigs are killed each year. As of August 3, 2020, there were already 56 fatal trucking accidents in Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 106 fatal trucking accidents reported in the state in 2018.
Large semi-trucks can cause catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision with a passenger vehicle. Truck-driver inexperience is a leading cause of deadly commercial vehicle accidents as companies are trying to fill positions due to a shortage of drivers, and this negligence contributes to serious crashes involving 18-wheelers and commercial vehicles. When the negligence of another driver results in a crash, injured victims should consult with an Illinois trucking injury lawyer in order to recover lost compensation by pursuing a personal injury claim.
Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. has over a century of combined experience helping Illinois residents recover after being injured in an Illinois 18-wheeler accident, and we are dedicated to making sure all of our clients receive top-quality legal representation. We have helped our clients recover over $150 million dollars to date, and our years of experience can be put to work on your case. Contact our offices at 877-930-2551 to discuss your claim for compensation with an experienced semi-truck crash attorney in Illinois.
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