Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
Tragic Head-On Crash Kills Two, Injures Two in Illinois
Two young women have died after a head-on crash last Saturday night, January 10, 2015 at around 10:30 p.m. in Monroe County. The crash occurred on Highway 159 between Hecker and Red Bud according to the Illinois State Police.
A 19 year-old Ruma, IL woman and a 20 year-old Red Bud, IL died after the car they were in was struck by an oncoming car that crossed the center line. The Ruma, IL woman was driving and the Red Bud woman was a back seat passenger. A front seat passenger, survived as did the driver of the other car, a Chevrolet Aveo.
The two fatality victims were in a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt that was heading south on Highway 159 when a 20 year-old Red Bud, IL woman’s car crossed the center line and struck the Cobalt.
The driver of the Aveo was thrown from the vehicle and was taken by medical helicopter to a St. Louis hospital and listed in serious but stable condition. Occupants in the Chevrolet Cobalt, included three young women. The 19 year-old fatality victim was a student at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville and the 20 year-old Red Bud woman was a Red Bud High School 2013 graduate and both worked at Randolph County YMCA.
The third occupant and only surviving victim in the Cobalt was another 20 year-old Red Bud woman taken to Belleville Hospital with minor injuries according to news reports. Police say they do not know why the Aveo crossed the center line and an accident-reconstruction team is investigating. Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye said Monday that alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor in the crash which remains under investigation.
Head-On Collision in Missouri-Same Weekend
Just yesterday, we blogged about a Missouri head-on collision involving a car and a box truck resulting in serious injuries to a 21 year-old John, MO man driver and his fellow passenger, a 21 year-old De Sota man. As well, the 30 year-old box truck driver was injured and taken to a St. Louis hospital. Head-on crashes are always horrific but in one weekend, we read about three to four young people seriously injured and two young women killed due to head-on crashes. Both crashes occurred on rural two-lane highways.
Three out of four head-on collisions occur on rural two-lane highways. Two such horrific automobile collisions and the resulting injuries and fatalities involving young people is devastating. Head-on collisions can be caused by a number of things but are usually the worst kind of car crash because the force of both vehicles is usually greater than at any other angle.
When car crashes head-on, it is generally thought of as the combined force of both cars. In other words, if there are two cars both traveling 50 mph when they hit, it would generally be the equivalent of a 100 mph collision into a stopped car. Granted, each crash is different and unique and dependent on many factors such as speed, angle and weight of each vehicle. Generally, the greatest danger is that the force is concentrated close to the driver and front passenger.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help After Such a Tragedy
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, it is overwhelming. Loss of life or facing a serious injury is daunting and life-changing. Frequently, when faced with such a tragedy, the idea of looking for an attorney is also overwhelming. Most people do not have pleasant memories of working with an attorney. Generally speaking, the only time you look forward to hiring an attorney is if you have won a lot of money in a lottery or inherited money from a distant relative—and, we all know that rarely happens.
Generally speaking, you need an attorney during some of the most unpleasant and difficult times in your life. A personal injury attorney can be a welcomed aid after tragedy if you chose the correct attorney. But, after suffering the loss of a loved one or watching your loved one battle a serious injury does not put you in the mood to shop for anything including an attorney. A good personal injury attorney takes some of the responsibilities off of you plate so you can concentrate on your family and more pressing needs. So, we work to make it simple for you.
Our attorneys understand how overwhelming such a tragedy can be. We understand the importance of gathering evidence and handling all aspects of insurance claims and communication so that you can concentrate on your journey to recovery. One of our attorneys comes to meet you, seven days a week. As well, we give our personal cell phone numbers to all of our clients so you can reach us seven days a week.
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