Many Illinois travelers know what it like to be driving along and suddenly come upon an accident scene. Every motorist is obligated to remain alert and cautious behind the wheel so that they can react to changes in traffic flow. A terrible motor vehicle accident recently occurred when one driver reportedly failed to stop to avoid a collision.
The 39-year-old man was driving a tractor-trailer at the time. There had been a crash earlier, and crews were working to clean up the road. This caused the general flow of traffic to slow and, in fact, one tractor-trailer and a car that was behind it came to a complete stop. The man did not stop in time, and his truck hit the back of the car, which was catapulted off the road upon impact.
The truck then hit the back of the other tractor-trailer. The driver of the first tractor-trailer received a citation. He suffered serious injuries in the collision, as did several other people. Two of the injured victims had to be transported to hospitals in other states, which often happens if local facilities are not fully equipped to address certain emergency situations.
When an Illinois motor vehicle accident results in serious injuries, those afflicted often pursue personal injury claims against those who caused their injuries. When a judge rules in a plaintiff's favor in such cases, compensation may be awarded for damages. Recovering victims can then use those monies to help pay medical expenses or cover other costs associated with their injuries.