Posted On: April 23, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Multi-Truck Crash Kills Trucker

In Franklin County, a multi-vehicle collision between three semitrailers and one pickup truck has left one person dead. The deadly Illinois truck crash happened on Interstate 57 on Tuesday in the afternoon close to a highway work zone.

The Illinois truck accident happened around 4pm when a semitrailer, carrying a heavy load of large steel pipe and driven by Lawrence L Rich, hit a semi, operated by Donald G Troyer. Troyer’s truck caught fire and struck a 2007 Kenworth semi operated by Dale E Stumbo, whose truck was also struck by a 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche.

The force of the crash sheared off the cab of Rich’s truck, and he died from his injuries. Meantime, Troyer was transported to a Benton hospital for medical attention for the non-life-threatening injuries that he sustained.

Injured Truck Drivers and Third Party Lawsuits
When most people think of Illinois truck accident victims, the first people that come to mind are the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians. However, there are truck accident cases that do arise where the plaintiff is an injured truck driver or the family of a deceased trucker who died. Truckers can get into serious motor vehicle crashes because of other truck drivers, a truck defect, or because the driver of the other vehicle was negligent or careless. Not only are injured truckers likely entitled to Illinois worker’ compensation benefits, but they also many be able to obtain personal injury compensation from negligent third parties.

Semi-truck crashes can lead to catastrophic consequences for the truck drivers that are injured and their families. An experienced Chicago truck accident law firm can look into issues over unsafe trucking practices, understand the federal and state regulations that govern truck driving, and make sure that you receive all of the workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury or wrongful death recovery that you are owed.

Fatal crash shuts down stretch of I-57, The Southern, April 21, 2009

1 dies in crash on Interstate 57, The Benton Evening News, April 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Truck Accident Laws, Justia

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Contact our Chicago truck accident law firm today.

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