Decatur, IL (October 14, 2020) – Three men reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries after being involved in a collision with a semi-truck in Decatur on Monday morning, October 12.
The site of the crash was reportedly located near the intersection of US-51 and Elwin Road. Troopers were called to the site of the collision at around 9:30 a.m. that morning. Local reports revealed that a GMC Straight Truck was traveling east on Elwin Road while a semi-truck was traveling southbound on US-51.
For unknown reasons, the truck collided with the front passenger side of the semi-truck while crossing the intersection. The 23-year-old Granite City man driving the truck was airlifted for the treatment of life-threatening injuries. Two other passengers in the vehicle were taken by ambulance in critical condition.
No other injuries were reported. An ongoing investigation into the accident is underway.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Trucking Accidents in Illinois
Large semi-trucks are responsible for a significant number of fatal crashes reported annually across the country. An estimated 5,000 people lose their lives annually in semi-truck accidents. In Illinois, there were 12,267 semi-truck accidents reported across the state in 2018, accounting for nearly 3.8% of reported collisions that year. There were 2,075 Illinois trucking accidents resulting in injuries that year.
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 312-386-7683 to discuss your claim for compensation with an experienced semi-truck crash attorney in Illinois.
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