Major highways can be dangerous for average motorists, due to the presence of tractor-trailers and other large, commercial vehicles. When car accidents occur that involve semi trucks, they can result in disastrous consequences. A recent multi-car crash in Illinois involving a tractor-trailer cost the lives of two children and caused grievous harm to a third child.
The accident occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 7, 2016. A tractor-trailer was traveling through a construction zone between Atlanta and McLean, Illinois, when it struck a van. This crash caused the van to strike an SUV, a pickup truck and two other cars on the roadway.
Two children who were riding in the van, ages 2 and 4, were pronounced dead at the accident scene, according to Illinois State Police. A third child was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for treatment but remains in critical condition. There was extensive property damage to most of the vehicles involved in the accident, and one other person was airlifted to a local hospital. Criminal charges against the driver of the semi are currently pending.
Victims and loved ones who survive fatally injured victims in Illinois who are dealing with the aftermaths of similar car accidents may benefit from discussing their situations with attorneys who focus on personal injury law and litigation. There are many expenses that can result from such a tragic event that are unexpected, such as medical bills, loss of wages and other financial obligations. An attorney can discuss the various legal options available during such a difficult time.
Source: pantagraph.com, "Charges pending against driver in fatal I-55 crash", Aug. 3, 2016