Correy Wilson Injured In Alexander County Box Truck Accident On Illinois Route 3
Truck Accident - February 3, 2022
Correy Wilson, of Cairo, Injured In Alexander County Truck Accident Along Illinois Route 3 By Illinois Route 127
ALEXANDER COUNTY, ILLINOIS (February 3, 2022) – A driver identified as Correy Wilson was injured in a box truck accident along Illinois Route 3 not far from Illinois Route 127.
Alexander County police are saying that the accident took place around 4:42 a.m. on Sunday, January 30. A preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F650 box truck was headed northbound when it crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic.
The box truck struck a Mercedes driven by Correy Wilson before coming to a stop. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help everyone who was injured.
Correy Wilson was transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment. A full investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Alexander County Truck Accidents
By their very nature, commercial trucks can be much more difficult to drive safely than passenger vehicles. It takes a different set of skills and knowledge to operate them. As such, most commercial truck drivers will need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and undergo specialized training. According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In 2019 there were 5,005 people killed in crashes involving large trucks. This number was almost the same as in 2018 (5,006).” There are a number of factors that could potentially influence the likelihood of a truck accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Roadway conditions
- Driver fatigue
In addition to being more difficult to drive, commercial trucks also pose a number of unique hazards to those in passenger vehicles. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. All truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/a), no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed than would be safe for the prevailing conditions of the roadway.
Many collisions are due to drivers that make unsafe turns in the roadway. Sometimes these turns are intentional, though in many situations they are not. If a driver crosses into opposing lanes of traffic, they will typically be held at fault in the event of a collision. If a truck driver was working at the time of an accident, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Victims should seek the contact information for eye witnesses.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Trucks that carry hazardous materials will typically need larger policies. Any person that is injured in a truck accident may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An Illinois truck accident lawyer can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Alexander County Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Correy Wilson as they continue to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation so that similar accidents can be prevented down the road.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 800 985 1819.