Posted On: May 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Semi-Tractor Trailer Crash on Interstate 80 Claims 24-Year-Old's Life

A 24-year-old woman has died from injuries she sustained during a semi-tractor trailer accident on Interstate 80 early Saturday. Abby Lynn Vermeire was riding in the front seat of a 2006 Ford 500 driven by her fiancé Erik Hayek when their car went under the large truck at around 3:30am.

According to police, the semi’s driver, Hryhoriy Kozachok, was making an illegal U-turn on the interstate’s east and westbound lanes when the collision happened. Fog likely played a role in the large truck crash. Kozachok is charged with making an unsafe turn.

Hayek, 30, was injured in the truck crash, as was a passenger who was riding in the back seat of his car. Kozachok, did not sustain any injuries. Another man, 19-year-old Jacob Harris, rear-ended Hayek’s vehicle right after the truck crash. He was treated at the hospital and then released.

Hayek and Vermeire were going to get married on July 17.

Chicago, Illinois Semi-Tractor Trailer Accident

You do not want to pursue financial recovery from a semi-tractor trailer company without legal help. Many trucking companies are equipped to fight truck accident claims. They may even try to get you to settle before you’ve had a chance to assess the seriousness of your injuries or determine how much your medical and recovery expenses will cost. Some truck accident injuries are so catastrophic that you may no longer be able to work, which can result in significant losses of income and benefits.

I-80 crash dies, Quad-City Times, May 23, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Truck Safety Coalition

Contact our Chicago truck accident law firm and ask for your free consultation.

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