One Person Injured In Marion Bus Accident By Route 13 and Halfway Road
Bus Accident - Truck Accident - January 18, 2023
Bus Passenger Injured In Marion Collision Involving Semi-Truck Near The Intersection of Route 13 and Halfway Road
MARION, ILLINOIS (January 11, 2023) – A bus passenger was injured in a Marion collision with a semi-truck near the intersection of Route 13 and Halfway Road.
Williamson County officials are saying that the collision took place on Thursday night. A semi-truck was making a left turn onto Halfway Road when it failed to yield to a Ford F650 bus.
The semi-truck hit the driver’s side of the bus causing it to sustain major damage. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims.
One person who was a passenger on the bus required hospitalization. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Marion Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and can be especially dangerous for those in passenger vehicles. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,014 people died in large truck crashes in 2020. Fifteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid accidents.
- Truck drivers should be well rested before heading out on the road.
- Truck drivers should ideally plan their routes out ahead of time.
- Truck drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
A number of semi-truck accidents are due to truck drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), any driver intending to turn left must first yield the right-of-way to any driver traveling from the opposite direction that is close enough so as to pose a hazard. If a semi-truck driver makes a dangerous left-turn in front of another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a semi-truck accident.
- The truck driver’s work log should be examined.
- The truck’s event data recorder should be reviewed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries. Many people may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. It can be difficult to know where to begin after a truck accident. However, accident victims should know that they do have rights. They do have the ability to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim if that is what they choose.
Investigating An Illinois Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the bus passenger injured in this Marion collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Marion bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.