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2 women injured by alleged drunk semi truck driver

Most people get in their cars everyday and trust that they will safely reach their destinations. Fortunately, this is the case the majority of the time. However, a motor vehicle accident can happen at any time and in rural Illinois, it may involve another vehicle, a truck, a tractor trailer or more. Such accidents can result in great damage and personal injury.

A recent accident in La Salle led to several charges for the driver of a Freightliner semi. With a blood alcohol content of more than two times what the legal limit allows, the driver could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. The truck hit a Jeep SUV with two passengers inside, overturning the Jeep and landing it on its side. Emergency personnel had to cut two portions of the vehicle away to free the women inside. Both women were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital and treated for their injuries. The truck was not pulling a trailer at the time of the accident.

Additional charges against the driver included improper use of road lanes and of registration, driving without insurance and failing to avoid the accident by reducing speed. The truck accident was witnessed by others who reported that the truck hit the driver’s side of the SUV while making a turn.

Such accidents can happen all too easily and the injuries that they leave can be serious. If you have been involved in a truck accident, tractor trailer accident or any other type of motor vehicle accident, if can be helpful to talk to an attorney to learn how to keep yourself protected.

Source: News Tribune, “La Salle man faces felony DUI after crash,”Craig Sterrett, July 26, 2013

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