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FAYETTE COUNTY, IL. – According to an online report from bnd.com, a trucker was struck and killed June 13 by another semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Fayette County, Illinois.

Illinois State Police report that shortly before 9 p.m. on June 13, 46-year-old Canadian truck driver Peter F. Peters, of Elmira, Ontario, was pulled over on the right shoulder of I-70 East, near mile marker 55 in Fayette County. He was outside of his truck, standing beside the flatbed trailer, when another semi-truck sideswiped him

Peters was crushed between the trailers of the two trucks. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene. The driver of the second semi-truck fled the scene, reportedly heading east on I-70, and is still at large. Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the collision and are searching for the missing driver. No additional information has been released at this time.

According to a Crash Report from the Illinois Department of Transportation, a total of 521 vehicle accidents occurred in Fayette County, Illinois, in 2015. Of those accidents, 106 led to injuries of some kind, and two resulted in fatalities.

In addition, 35 of those accidents were “A-Injury Crashes,” meaning they resulted in incapacitating injuries for at least one of the victims. According to the Illinois DOT, an A-Injury is any injury that prevents the person from walking, driving, or normally continuing the activities he/she was capable of performing before the injury occurred. This includes severe lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.

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CHARLES COUNTY, MO- Patch.com reports that six people sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash that took place in St. Charles County on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The accident occurred near the Illinois-Missouri border a little after 3 a.m. The victims were all traveling in an F150pickup truck. The pickup was towing a camper.

The F150 was struckby another truck, which was describedas maroon. The other vehicle drove the F1150 off of the roadway.

One of the victims sustained serious injuries.

The driver that caused the collision reportedly fled the scene of the accident before police arrived.

Police are asking that anyone with information about theaccident, pleasecontact St. Louis Crime Stoppers.

According to the AAA, hit-and-run accidents killed 2,049 people in the United States in 2016, making it the worst year in history forfatal hit-and-run crashes. In addition to the most serious hit-and-run accidents, hundreds of thousands of other hit-and-run accidents happen every year leaving behind injured people and costly property damage. Many deadly hit-and-run accidents involvingpedestrians being struckby vehicles.

Drivers who flee often feel that the risk is worth taking. In many cases, the driver may be drunk and could be hoping to avoid harsh penalties for injuring or killing a person while driving under the influence.Many states have taken steps to make the penalties for leaving the scene of accident higher. The prison time a person faces for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident varies greatly by state, from 6 months to up to 30 years. Other states have implemented alert programs designed to help police catch drivers who flee the scene of a traffic accident.

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IL- Autoevolution.com reports that a small plane crash landed on I-55, striking a Chevrolet Malibu in the process. The accident happened on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, when the single-engine Cessna 182B lost power.

The pilot, William J. Farnsley, 51, was attempting to land the aircraft at Logan County Airport when the loss of power occurred. The plane also suffered a problem with its landing gear. In the emergency situation, the pilot made the decision to attempt to land the plane on I-55. Farsley was successful in landing on the interstate but struck the Malibu from the back. The car suffered damage, including a broken window and taillight.

Jeremy Campwerth, 42, was driving the Malibu with his son, age 9. Campwerth reports seeing the plane during his drive back from Chicagobut says it was out of his line of sightfor some time before it smashed into the back of his vehicle. Campwerth and his son were both uninjured.

According to Campwerth, people have been telling him that he is “lucky,” because he and his son were not hurtin the crash. However, Campwerth doesnot agree, and pointedout that he was “hit by a plane.” The driver did express his relief that no one was injuredin the accident.

The plane was badly damaged and had to betowed from the shoulder if I-55 where it came to rest after crossing over the median.

The incident is still under investigation.

While private planes have become safer over the years, they are still considered quite risky. By some estimates, flying in a private plane is around 19 times as dangerous as driving in a car. The risks are significant, especially since 40,100 people died in car crashes in the US in 2017.

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If you have been involved in an accident, you are probably wondering what to expect. How long will your case take to resolve? Will you have to go to court? Whether you have been involved in a car accident, a truck accident, a motorcycle accident, a bicycle accident, or a pedestrian accident, the general timeline of these accidents is the same.

All of these claims fall under negligence actions, which require the victim to show:

  • The victim was owed a duty by the at-fault party;
  • This duty was breached by the at-fault party’s negligence; and
  • Due to this negligence, the victim was injured.

The first step you should take after being involved in an accident is seeking an experienced auto accident injury attorney. With the assistance of an attorney, you will significantly improve your chances of recovering money in your case. Your attorney will make sure that your legal rights are protected and that all avenues of recovery are pursued so that you obtain the maximum amount of money available under the law.

Your attorney will begin gathering and reviewing the evidence in your claim and will likely discuss it with the opposing party’s insurance company. Once enough evidence has been gathered, your attorney may create what is called a demand. The demand lays out all of the damages in the case and requests a settlement amount. However, it is likely that the insurance company will reject this settlement offer. If your attorney cannot negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit.

To file a lawsuit, your personal injury attorney simply drafts documents called a summons and a complaint. This is also called filing a lawsuit. These documents tell the at-fault party that they need to respond to the lawsuit. They also lay out all of the allegations of wrongdoing against the at-fault party. For example, was the driver texting while driving? Did the driver run a stop sign? The driver’s negligence will be described in the lawsuit.

After the lawsuit has been filed and served on the at-fault party, the at-fault party has a certain amount of time to respond to the allegations. The at-fault party must file an answer to respond to the lawsuit. The answer may admit or deny the allegations in the lawsuit.

Once these documents have been filed, the parties move into the discovery phase. During discovery, the parties exchange evidence that supports their claims. The victim may submit medical records, for example. At any time in the discovery phase, the parties are free to settle their claim. Some parties negotiate a settlement on their own, whereas others may hire a mediator. If the parties cannot settle, they may need to go to trial.

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CHICAGO, IL- Chicago.cbslocal.com reports that a medical helicopter crash-landedon Saturday night, July 7, 2018, near I-57. The helicopter was carrying the pilot, two medical crew members, and a patient. All four occupants of the helicopter were transportedto the hospital. The patient is reportedly in critical condition while the crew members are all considered stable.*

One witness, Andres Herrera, said that he saw the helicopter while it was still in the air and that it was on fire. He said the helicopter looked to be out of control and that the pilot was trying to stabilize the aircraft. Another witness, Breanne Coober, also reported seeing the helicopter on fire and out of control.

According to authorities, the pilot made a mayday call prior tocrashlanding. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, thehelicopter was on its belly.

The rate of helicopter accidents in the United States has been declining in recent years. Data released by the Federal Aviation Administration indicates that the rate of helicopter accidents dropped from 4.95 per every 100,000 flight hours in 2013 to 3.19 in 2016. The total number of accidents went down from146 to 106 in that period. The number of fatal accidents dropped b even more, from 30 in 2013 to 17 in 2016.

Emergency medical helicopters have been getting safer over time as well. The rate of fatal accidents is about 2 per 100,000 flying hours. While this is higher than the 1.3 per 100,000 in general aviation, it should be pointedout that medical helicopters are often flying at night, in poor visibility, and making landings in places where accidents have occurred- meaning they have to land in places that are not designedfor a helicopter to land. Thiscan mean difficult terrain and the presence of obstacles like power lines.

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In large cities such as Chicago, sharing the road with pedestrians is a fact of life. Tragically, thousands of pedestrians are killed every year in accidents. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in 2015 alone. That’s more than 14 deaths per day caused by pedestrian accidents. What can both pedestrians and drivers do to stay safe on public roads?

Tips for pedestrians

As you walk around in public, you should make sure that you are visible to drivers and other motorists. During the daytime, brightly colored clothing is a good idea. At night, carry a flashlight or wear a blinking light. Additionally, if you have to cross the street, make sure you do so in brightly lit areas.

When possible, walk on the sidewalk. However, some streets do not have sidewalks. In this case, you should walk facing traffic. Walking against traffic allows you to both see and hear any hazards that may be heading in your direction.

Stay off of your phone while you are walking around—do not stare down at your screen while you are walking, and do not play music loudly in your headphones.

When crossing the street, always use a designated crosswalk. Look both ways carefully before you cross, especially at night. Keep an eye out for cars that are turning across the crosswalk.

Tips for drivers

As a motorist, you are no match for a pedestrian if an accident occurs. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable and at risk of suffering serious—even fatal—injuries in the event of an accident.

As you drive down the road, look carefully for pedestrians who may walk out from behind parked cars and other large structures. Make sure you slow down as you approach crosswalks, even if you have the right of way.

Before exiting your vehicle, look around for pedestrians before opening your door.

Once the sun starts going down, do not forget to turn on your headlights.

Make sure you are not distracted as you drive. Silence your phone, put down your GPS device, and keep your eyes on the road. Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents every day in the United States.

Reduce your speed in bad weather. In especially bad weather, motorists may be stranded and may be walking to the nearest gas station or business for shelter and assistance. In rain and snow, it takes longer for a car to come to a complete stop.

By following these important safety tips, you will be able to prevent pedestrian accidents. Whether you are walking or are driving, it is important to remain vigilant at all times and to be as cautious as possible.

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ILLINOIS- According to the nwitimes.com, 14 people have been killed in boating accidents in Lake Michigan and other nearby waterways over the last ten years. Experts claim much of the problem stems from inexperienced boat operators being in control of boats and other watercraft.

Across the United States, there were 4,463 boating accidents in 2016. The rate of boat accidents has been on the rise in Illinois and across the country. The numbers from 2016 indicate an increase of 6.83% over the previous year. Nationally, boating accidents killed 701 people.

The leading cause of boating accidents was alcohol use. Inexperienced boaters and hazardous water were the next two leading causes.

Boating while under the influence is illegal. It is possible to get a DUI while operating a boat. This can lead to jail time and fines. However, the consequences can be far worse. One accident that occurred in Lake Michigan close to the East Chicago Marina left one man seriously injured and the other dead. The two had been drinking and drove their boat into a break wall. Based on estimates, the boat was going somewhere between 60 and 70 miles per hour when it crashed. The nighttime speed limit is 10 miles per hour.

Inexperience and hazardous water can also cause a deadly situation for boaters. In difficult situations, inexperienced boaters may not know how to use emergency equipment and tools.

Another problem is that because there are no requirements for operator training, it is possible for people to go out without knowing what they are doing, or to understand the rules regarding water traffic, including who has the right-of-way.

The U.S. Coast Guard also points out that it is vital for boaters to use life-jackets. Across the United States, 80% of boat related fatalities were drownings, and 83% of those killed did not wear life vests. Life vests are only effective if they are properly fittedto the wearer.

Of course, even with a life vest, if the water is cold, boaters can be putting themselves at risk.

While boating can be fun, it is important to know the rules and take safety precautions.

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In all legal claims, there are many requirements that must be met. These requirements help ensure that only valid claims move forward in the court system. One of these requirements is that certain times of claims must be filed by a certain deadline, which is usually a certain amount of time after an event has occurred. This deadline is called the statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed by the applicable statute of limitations, the court may dismiss the case. In personal injury claims, such as motorcycle accident claims, truck accident claims, and car accident claims, if an accident victim does not file a case by the statute of limitations, that victim may be wholly liable for all of the financial losses he or she has incurred as a result of the accident. This means that the victim would be responsible for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

In personal injury claims, Illinois generally allows only two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If the accident resulted in a death, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the victim’s death.

Although two years may seem like a significant period of time, many accident victims are surprised at how quickly this deadline can sneak up on them. If an accident victim requires an extended hospital stay and then many weeks or months of physical therapy upon being released, that victim has probably already lost several months of time. Additionally, some accident victims are unaware that they should even pursue a legal claim because they have primarily been speaking with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Of course, the insurance adjuster’s goal is to protect the insurance company, not the accident victim!

There are some exceptions to the two-year personal injury statute of limitations, however. For example, individuals with certain disabilities, such as mental illnesses, have two years from the date their disability is resolved to file a claim.

Similarly, the statute of limitations for minor victims does not begin until the minor turns 18 years old. Therefore, an injured child technically has until his or her 20thbirthday to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Some individuals flee after they cause an accident. If the at-fault driver cannot be located after an accident, the period of time it takes to locate this individual likely will not count against the statute of limitations.

To ensure that a personal injury claim is filed in a timely manner, it is best to consult with an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash. These attorneys are well aware of all applicable deadlines, as well as their exceptions.

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JASPER COUNTY, IL- Wandtv.com reports that a collision between two ATVs on Jasper County Road 2150E on May 21, 2018, led to one teenager being seriously injured. The collision occurred after two teens, Cole Horner, 18 and a 16-year-old girl, who were traveling in an ATV, slowed the vehicle down in an attempt to grab a hat that one of them had lost.*

Behind the ATV driven by Horner was a second ATV in which Seth Meinhart, 19, and Stacey Smithenry, 20, were traveling. Meinhart failed to slow his vehicle in time and collided with Horner’s vehicle. Both Meinhart and Smithenry were tossed from their ATV in the collision.

The two were transported by private vehicle to a local hospital, and Meinhart was then airlifted to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Both drivers were issued citations for operating non-highway vehicles on a roadway. Meinhart was also issued a ticket for failing to slow down to avoid an accident.

While ATVs are not intended for use on roadways, an average of 300 people riding in ATVs are killed in crashes on public roads in the United States every year. The majority of those killed, 75%, were involved in single-vehicle crashes. Most of the crashes involved the vehicle rolling over. Only 7% of ATV riders who died in accidents were wearing helmets at the time.

Alcohol seems to have factored into many ATV crashes. About half of all ATV riders who died in accidents had blood alcohol limits that met or exceeded the legal limit, which is .08%.

The group most often injured or killed in ATV accidents is children and teenagers under the age of 16.

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HANCOCK COUNTY, IL- Wgem.com reports that one person was killed in a train accident on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The incident occurred at about 2:51 a.m. in Pontoosuc, Illinois. The victim was a pedestrian. No additional information has been released about the identity of the person killed.

In 2016, 41 people were killed in accidents involving trains in Illinois. The number is lower than it was ten years ago, but Illinois still has more train-related fatalities than most states. Illinois is one of the 15 states that see the most people killed in train accidents.

The United States Department of Transportation has initiated a campaign to increase public awareness of the dangers of railroad crossings. The campaign is focusing on those drivers most likely to be involved in train-related accidents, which are men between the ages of 18 and 49.

While men are the drivers involved in about 75% of train and car accidents, when pedestrians are hit by trains, it is often the result of suicides. In 2015, 25 pedestrians were struck and killed by trains in Illinois. Of those 25, 19 are thought to have been suicides. The trend continued in 2016 where two-thirds of the pedestrians killed were thought to have committed suicide.

The Metra CEO, Don Orseno, has suggested that the public should be stepping in and reporting odd behavior near train tracks.

In response to the high number of suicides, which are more common in the Chicago-area than there are nationally, Metra started a program to train 1000 of their employees to learn the warning signs that a person is potentially suicidal. Employees learn a way to react and respond when they identify a potential issue. Some people argue more could be done, and that Chicago could institute a 24/7 hotline as other major cities, including New York and Boston have done.

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