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Truck accident results in fatality for Chicago woman

Nobody wants to be involved in an accident. Not only is there vehicle damage, but injuries and fatalities can also occur. A truck accident is almost always fatal due to the sheer size of the truck. A small passenger car doesn't stand a chance against a big rig. Sadly, a Chicago woman died from her injuries after turning in front of a truck.

The truck accident occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 1 near Shannon at the intersection of Illinois routes 26 and 72. A Mack truck was traveling southbound on Route 26 when the driver of the other vehicle turned directly in front of the truck to go northbound on Route 26. The truck had the right of way.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 66-year-old woman, died at the scene. A passenger, a 67-year-old woman, was air lifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Her injuries were not life-threatening. The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old man, suffered minor injuries from the accident.

The Ogle County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police and Stephenson County Sheriff's Department all assisted with the crash. The cause still remains under investigation.

Turning in front of a semi truck is never recommended. These large trucks need sufficient space to maneuver and cannot stop quickly. It is best not to get in a hurry when driving around 18-wheelers and other large vehicles.

Although the truck did have the right of way, is there anything that happened that could make the truck driver liable? Was he speeding or driving erratically? Did he break any traffic laws just before the accident occurred? Or was the woman solely at fault for pulling out in front of the truck? The answers to these questions will help determine liability.

Those who have loved ones injured or killed in a truck accident should act quickly when seeking legal help. Truck accidents can be difficult cases because there are many parties involved in the trucking industry.


Source: 
JournalStandard, "One dead, 3 injured in crash near Shannon" No author given, Sep. 03, 2013

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