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Murdock car crash injures 5 when trailer overturns on top of car

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

An Illinois car crash sent five people to the hospital on March 23 in Douglas County shortly after 4 p.m. The injured people ranged in age from 7 months old to 60. Everyone hurt was transported to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after the car crash occurred.

A man driving a large pickup truck was pulling a two-axle trailer westbound on U.S. 36 near County Road 2200E. Weather conditions at the time were said to be poor, and the trailer jackknifed to the right. This caused the truck to spin counter-clockwise, breach the center line and enter the east lane of the highway. A 30-year-old woman was heading east in her vehicle at that time. Her vehicle collided with the rear right corner of the truck, causing it to stop, and the trailer flipped and landed on the top of the her vehicle.

The truck driver and his passenger apparently were unhurt as a result of the car accident, but all five occupants in the other vehicle were taken to a local hospital. According to police, everyone in the car was wearing their seat belts or was properly restrained in child safety seats. There was no further word on the medical condition of the victims. Police did not issue any tickets in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

When Illinois drivers get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, a reasonable duty of care is assumed. When inclement weather occurs, caution is even more important. The injured passengers may want to pay close attention to the accident report as they attempt to sort out their legal rights. This car crash will likely result in medical bills for all five passengers, and they may have the right to file a personal injury claim against any party whose negligence is deemed to have caused or contributed to the collision.

Source: News-Gazette.com, “Five people reported injured in accident in rural Murdock,” March 23, 2012

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