Multiple People Injured In Mattoon Truck Accident On I-57
Truck Accident - February 24, 2022
Multiple Injuries Reported After Mattoon IDOT Truck Accident On Interstate 57
MATTOON, ILLINOIS (February 23, 2022) – Multiple people were injured after a collision involving a box truck, IDOT truck and passenger vehicle on Interstate 57.
Coles County officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:43 p.m. on Tuesday. A box truck failed to stop and hit the back of a IDOT truck that was blocking the road to protect workers. A sedan was also somehow involved in the crash.
The force of the impact knocked one of the trucks onto its side. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
Several people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Mattoon Truck Accidents
By their very nature commercial trucks are much more dangerous than smaller vehicles. On average around 4,000 people are killed every year in accidents with commercial trucks. Trucks can weigh 20 – 30 times more than passenger vehicles. They also have a much higher ground clearance which makes underride collisions more likely. There are a number of factors that could contribute to truck accidents including:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident. They are also the most preventable. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-710), “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on any driver that hits another vehicle from behind. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Any truck involved in an accident should be examined.
When a truck driver is negligent and causes an accident, they can be held liable. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many truck accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. It’s important that victims continue to seek medical care. It’s also important for them to discuss their case with an experienced Illinois truck accident attorney. An attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Illinois Truck Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the people who have been injured in this accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victims. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar collisions along this road.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Mattoon truck accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get the justice and support that they are entitled to under the law. 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.