Two People Injured In Edwardsville Car Accident on Illinois Route 157
Automobile Accidents - March 20, 2023
Two People Injured In Edwardsville Car Accident With Pickup Truck Along Illinois Route 157
EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS (March 19, 2023) – Two people, including a police officer, were injured in an Edwardsville car accident with a pickup truck on Illinois Route 157.
Madison County officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:00 p.m. on Friday. A person was sitting in the squad car of an Edwardsville police officer when that vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help both of the victims. The Edwardsville police officer and the other person were both taken to area hospitals.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Edwardsville Car Accidents
Police officers have very dangerous jobs and are often injured in car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In the last 10 years, on average, an officer per week has been killed on our nation’s roads (2011-2020 = 50 deaths per year). Most years, motor vehicle-related incidents — including crashes and being struck by moving vehicles while on foot — are the main cause of death for officers.” There are a number of steps that every driver should take to avoid collisions.
- Drivers should slow down when approaching emergency vehicles.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
- Drivers should maintain a safe distance with all vehicles ahead of them.
Scott’s Law requires all people approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights to slow down, drive with caution and move over to another lane. When a driver fails to slow down and rear-ends an emergency vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
If a pickup 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 actions of their employees insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It can be hard to know where to begin after any car accident. However, it is important for accident victims to know that they do have rights. Any person that is injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the bills that can come with a car accident.
Investigating An Illinois Car Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Edwardsville car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here for you. 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.