Jason Everett Injured In Washington County Semi-Truck Accident On U.S. 51 Freeway By Interstate 64

Jason Everett, of Hoyleton, Injured In Washington County Car Accident With Semi-Truck At U.S. 51 By the Interstate 64 On-Ramp Near Richview

Jason Everett Injured In Washington County Semi-Truck Accident On U.S. 51 Freeway By Interstate 64

WASHINGTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (February 23, 2022) – A 36-year–old man identified as Jason Everett was injured in a Richview semi-truck accident at U.S. 51 by the Interstate 64 westbound on-ramp.

Illinois State police are saying that the accident took place around7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.  Jason Everett was in a pickup truck traveling southbound when a semi-truck driver made a left turn in front of him on the Interstate 64 on-ramp.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Jason Everett was transported to a nearby hospital in order to receive treatment.

Police officers cited the 67-year-old truck driver with failure to yield left.

Liability In Washington County Semi-Truck Accidents

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in truck accidents every year. According to carsurance, “500,000 truck-related accidents occur yearly in the United States. Worldwide, millions of crashes involving trucks are reported. During 2017, 4,889 large trucks were crashed in accidents that have also resulted in fatalities.” Commercial trucks are substantially different and substantially more dangerous than passenger vehicles.

  • It can take a fully loaded truck the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
  • Commercial trucks tend to have very large blind spots that can completely obscure the presence of other vehicles.
  • Truck drivers are asked to work long hours at all times of the day. It’s not uncommon for truck drivers to become dangerously fatigued while completing their routes.

Truck drivers in Illinois must get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must exercise due care to avoid hitting vehicles and abide by all traffic laws. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-901.01), all drivers must yield the right of way to other vehicles close enough to pose a hazard before making a left turn. When a driver fails the yield the right of way when making a left turn, they will typically be held at fault in the event of an accident.

Moreover, if a truck driver was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as they were working within the course and scope of their job duties. victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage

The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. In general, when trucks carry hazardous material they will need higher insurance amounts. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An Illinois truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Washington County Semi-Truck Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Jason Everett as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should never have taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? You may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.