Parts of the roadway where two streets intersect can be particularly dangerous areas for drivers. Vehicles are approaching from multiple directions, and even with traffic signals, there is no guarantee that all drivers will heed those signals. If a car and a truck collide at an intersection, it is important to determine who may have had the right of way and who may have been at fault for the truck accident.
A recent accident in Illinois occurred at an intersection and involved a passenger car and a semi-truck. The car was reportedly traveling north when it was hit on the driver’s side by a truck traveling east. It is unclear at this time which vehicle may have had the right of way at the time of the crash. The intersection did have traffic lights.
The driver of the car suffered critical injuries and was transported from the scene by helicopter. A passenger in that vehicle was also seriously injured. Updates to the report stated that both of those individuals were 16-year-old girls. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured, but those injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Because it is unknown which driver had the right of way, it is important for Illinois police to continue investigating the situation. If it is determined that the truck driver is considered at fault, the families of the injured girls may wish to file personal injury claims. These claims could help them seek compensation for medical bills and other damages resulting from the truck accident.
Source: mystateline.com, “UPDATE: Two Teens Involved in Winnebago Corners Crash“, April 3, 2015