Madison Co, IL (November 12, 2020) – A multi-vehicle collision left one dead and many others injured in Madison County on Tuesday, November 10.
The crash reportedly occurred on Interstate 55 north of New Douglas Road at around 8:35 p.m. that evening. According to local sources, a 2008 gray Chevrolet Malibu being driven by 27-year-old Laura D. Schmittling of Collinsville, Illinois southbound at the time of the accident. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail.
The Malibu was disabled in the left lane of the highway, and a 2003 red Kenworth Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer swerved to avoid the vehicle, sideswiping a 2009 silver Ford Focus driven by 23-year-old Lacy A. Weiser of Highland, Illinois. A fourth vehicle, a White International Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer driven by 27-year-old Benjamin M. Brunoehler of Sandwich, Illinois, collided with the Malibu.
A passenger in the Malibu suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. Multiple other passengers suffered injuries and were taken to nearby medical facilities for treatment.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Trucking Accidents in Illinois
Large commercial trucks are capable of inflicting life-changing injuries in the event of a crash. Thousands of people are killed annually in trucking collisions across the country, and nearly 96% of those killed are the occupants of passenger cars. In Illinois, there were 12,267 trucking accidents reported across the state in 2018. That year, 106 trucking collisions in Illinois resulted in fatal injuries.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At /, we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois trucking accident.
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