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Danville man hit, killed by pickup truck driver

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Anytime a car accident involves a pedestrian, the probability of the pedestrian sustaining fatal injuries is high. Injuries from a car crash between motor vehicles can cause enough injuries, but a pedestrian is obviously far more vulnerable in an accident. This was the unfortunate case in a recent accident that occurred on Illinois Route 150.

About 20 minutes or so before midnight, a 45-year-old Danville man was walking down Route 150 when he was struck by a pickup truck. Even though medical staff at Carle Foundation Hospital attempted to save his life, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and died within the hour. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. It remains to be seen exactly where the man was on Route 150, why he was there and what opportunity the pickup driver had to avoid the fatal collision.

Drivers know to watch for obstacles in the road. Indeed, every time an individual operates a motor vehicle in the state of Illinois, he or she owes a duty of reasonable care to others in or near the roadway. That duty of care also extends to pedestrians. It might be easy to conclude the pedestrian simply should not have been in the roadway, but an official investigation will necessarily review all of the facts and circumstances. The official report of a car crash by authorities often reaches conclusions quite different from the initial impressions created in a news report of an accident.

The outcome of the investigation in this car crash will determine whether the driver of the pickup will be charged or cited, and there was no preliminary indication either way. As the victim’s family grieves their loss, they likely have more questions than answers and may benefit from understanding their rights and responsibilities under Illinois law.

Source: Commercial-News.com, “Pedestrian dies after accident,” June 22, 2012

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