The rules of the road are designed to keep Illinois drivers safe. However, this only works if drivers actually obey the rules of the road. Failure to do so can cause confusion due to a driver’s unexpected actions and maneuvers. This can result in a car or truck accident which can cause injuries or even prove to be fatal.
A failure to follow the rules of the road may have been the cause of a recent collision in Illinois. The incident occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. on a day in early April. A semi truck was traveling east on U.S. 20 at the time of the accident. At the same time, a car was northbound on the roadway. For an as yet unknown reason, the semi ended up colliding with the car at an intersection in Winnebago.
The Illinois State Police are attempting to determine if one of the drivers ran a red light. However, the police are not sure which driver may have done that. The authorities have apparently received conflicting reports regarding the details of what happened. The police are now currently looking for evidence and are asking for any witnesses to the crash to come forward to shed light on what may have occurred.
As of the latest reports, three people were injured and transported for medical care as a result of the car versus truck accident. These victims will now have to deal with recovery from their injuries as well as the financial issues that typically accompany serious accidents. If the evidence suggests that one or both drivers were negligent in causing the crash, the aggrieved parties may pursue personal injury claims in a civil court. Under the modified comparative negligence law in Illinois, an injured driver who was also negligent may recover monetary damages from another negligent party so long as the driver was less than 50 percent negligent, though the amount recoverable will be reduced the driver’s percentage of fault for the collision.
Source: journalstandard.com, “3 hurt in car-semi crash at Winnebago Corners“, Chris Green, April 3, 2015