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Five killed in Illinois truck accident

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2015 | Truck Accidents

Illinois residents may have heard about the recent tragic multi-vehicle accident involving a 34-year-old Illinois truck driver. Investigators say the alleged failure of the truck driver to slow down as he approached a construction zone resulted in a collision involving seven vehicles in total. Sadly, as a result of this tragic collision, five people died.

According to authorities, the truck driver first collided with a passenger vehicle, then with another passenger car and then another semitrailer. As a result of the initial collision, the first car driven by a 41-year-old man ended up a ditch and the driver lost his life at the scene of the accident. His 31-year-old passenger survived.

The semitrailer that reportedly initiated the accident subsequently caught fire along with a second passenger vehicle it collided with. Tragically, the truck driver and the individuals in the second car, which included a 47-year-old woman and her 8 and 10-year-old children, lost their lives.

The 34-year-old truck driver that allegedly caused this tragic multi-vehicle accident was employed by an Illinois-based company. Mutli-vehicle accidents, particularly those involving a semitrailer, can get complex very quickly. The family of those who died or were injured may be have to deal with large trucking corporations, insurance companies and others to seek answers. The legal process, the multiple entities involved and the family’s desire to get justice for victims can get confusing and complex.

Accidents victims and the family members of people who were killed in a truck accident may find it helpful to contact a personal injury law firm to get more information, discuss legal options and to have the specific facts of one’s case evaluated.

Losing a loved one in a truck accident is a terrible experience to go through, and it can leave a family emotionally and financially devastated. A lawsuit against a trucking company can help a grieving family to cope with the financial losses and hopefully encourage greater safety in the trucking industry.

Source: JConline, “Purdue physicist among 5 killed in fiery I-65 crash,” Steven Porter, July 25, 2015

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