Monty Millenbine Injured In Mario Semi-Truck Accident On Illinois Route 37
Truck Accident - July 23, 2022
Monty Millenbine, of Mill Shoals, Seriously Injured In Williamson County Semi-Truck Accident With Pickup Truck Along Illinois Route 37 Near Marion
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (June 23, 2022) – A semi-truck driver identified as Monty Millenbine was seriously injured in a car accident along Illinois Route 37 near Marion.
Williamson County police are saying that the accident took place around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday. Monty Millenbine was driving a semi-truck when the driver of a pickup truck sideswiped a separate semi-truck before hitting his vehicle head on.
The force of the impact caused Monty Millenbine’s semi-truck to leave the roadway before overturning. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the injured.
Monty Millenbine was flown to a regional hospital with life-threatening injuries. Illinois 37 was closed for 5 hours as an investigation continued.
Liability In Williamson County Semi-Truck Accidents
Driving a commercial truck is one of the most dangerous and difficult jobs that a person can take on. It has been estimated that 843 U.S. truck drivers died on the job in 2019. According to the The Guardian, “Truck drivers killed on the job accounted for more than one in seven workplace fatalities in the US, with a fatality rate of 26.8 per 100,000 workers, compared with the rate for all US workers of 3.5 fatalities for every 100,000 workers.” There are a number of steps that truck companies should take in order to keep their drivers safe.
- Trucks can be equipped with safety features such as forward collision avoidance systems.
- Truck drivers should receive adequate training with how their rig operates.
- Truck drivers should not be pressured to work more hours than would be safe and legal under federal and state laws.
If a truck driver was working as an employee when a crash occured, they may be able to seek damages through a worker’s compensation claim. Worker’s compensation in Illinois is based on a no-fault insurance plan. In other words, there is no need for an injured worker to demonstrate negligence in order to receive benefits. Any injured worker should let their doctor know as early as possible that their injuries were work related. Any injured worker may also be able to seek aid through a third party liability claim.
A third party liability claim may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to a crash. For example, a third party liability claim could be formed by the negligent actions of another driver on the road. No driver may cross a double yellow line unless this is otherwise allowed under the law. If a driver does cross into opposing lanes of traffic, they will typically be held at fault in the event of a civil claim. If the at fault driver was working, their employer could also potentially be held at fault. Victims of head-on collisions tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Any person that is injured in a car accident may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, insurance companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A car accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Williamson County Semi-Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Monty Millenbine. It is our sincere hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to Illinois State Police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Williamson County car accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates 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 more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.