Clay Co, IL (October 30, 2020) – One person was killed following a head-on crash involving a semi-truck in Clay County on Wednesday, October 28.
The collision reportedly occurred on US-50 west of Clay City. Reports from the Illinois State Police revealed that a westbound Toyota Scion traveling on the highway traveled into the eastbound lane of traffic for unknown reasons. The vehicle collided head-on with an International semi-truck head-on at around 1:20 p.m.
The driver of the Scion suffered fatal injuries in the crash. She was later identified as 35-year-old Jennifer Joyce Black of Evansville, Indiana. The driver of the semi-truck, 63-year-old Gary E. Mugrage of Cisne, Illinois, did not sustain injuries.
An ongoing investigation into the deadly collision is currently underway.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jennifer Joyce Black at this time.
Deadly Semi-Truck Crashes in Illinois
Semi-trucks have the potential to inflict life-changing injuries in the event of a crash, and the vast majority of deadly trucking accidents involve passengers outside the big rig. An estimated 5,000 passenger-vehicle occupants are killed annually in trucking collisions across the country. There were 12,267 semi-truck accidents reported across Illinois in 2018, making up only 3.8% of reported collisions. That year, a total of 106 semi-truck crashes in the state ended in deadly injuries.
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 accident.
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