The winter storms that often hit Jasper, and other cities throughout the U.S., during this time of year can make traveling particularly dangerous for drivers, including truckers. Drivers may experience reduced visibility due to weather conditions, such as rain, sleet and snow. Wet and icy roads are often slick and can cause motorists to lose control of their vehicles. As a result, truck, and other auto, accidents are common throughout the winter months.
It appears that weather may have contributed to causing a truck accident that occurred in Illinois recently. According to reports, a 59-year-old woman driving a tractor-trailer crossed over the center median into oncoming traffic, and struck another semi truck. It was reported that blowing snow and slick roads might have factored into the collision; however, the woman believed to have caused the wreck was charged with improper lane usage.
The driver of the other tractor-trailer was reportedly injured in the accident. She was taken to the hospital, but no further information has been disclosed regarding her specific injuries or condition. News sources reported that the 61-year-old woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by emergency responders following the collision.
When motorists are involved in trucking, and other motor vehicle, accidents, it can result in damages beyond just the vehicle and the injury. People who are injured in these types of situations not only commonly incur medical expenses, but they also often suffer losses, including lost wages. It may be of benefit for those who have experienced such situations to seek legal counsel and representation to learn more about their options for obtaining compensation.
Source: LaSalle News Tribune, “Northbound, southbound trucks collide on I-39,” Nov. 25, 2014