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Truck Driver Runs Light, Severely Injures Illinois Woman

By June 4, 2009July 17th, 2019Trucking Accidents

A few days ago I came across an article in the St. Clair Record about a particularly disturbing southern Illinois trucking accident. On May 22, Aisha Wright filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Reithoffer Shows truck driver Tina Hales. Wright cited severe head, neck and back injuries as a result of Hales’ attempt to turn left across the highway — at a red light.
According to her statement, Wright was driving west on Illinois Route 15 in Alorton on July 21, 2008. As she approached the highway’s intersection with Race Horse Drive and Lakewood Place, the green light was in her favor, so she continued across. But at that same moment, Hales attempted a left turn onto Race Horse Drive, in violation of a red light. As a result, the Reithoffer Shows carnival truck that Hales was driving crashed violently into Wright’s vehicle.
Many wrecks involving commercial trucks can be traced to the driver not having had enough sleep, or having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But speaking as a southern Illinois trucking accident lawyer, I can tell you that the simple mistake of not stopping at designated intersections can have devastating consequences. Commercial truck drivers who do not heed basic road signs can wreak havoc on the innocent people sharing their roads, causing death, brain damage and other catastrophic injuries.
The suit charged Hales with several types of negligence: failing to stop the truck as she entered the intersection, failing to make a proper left turn, failing to yield the right-of-way, failing to pay attention, and failing to keep a proper lookout. It seeks a judgment in excess of $100,000 plus costs. But Wright’s injuries are just the beginning; her vehicle also was severely damaged and its value dramatically depreciated. In addition, she says she will suffer disability, pain and suffering, lost wages, incurred medical expenses and, ultimately, the loss of a normal life.
It is hard to put a price on how, in a single instant, one negligent truck driver can irreparably alter a person’s life and the lives of their loved ones. However, as a southern Illinois trucking accident attorney, it is my job to make sure that whatever can be recovered, is. If you or a loved one has been in a serious trucking accident in Missouri or southern Illinois, you should call Carey, Danis & Lowe as soon as possible. Based in St. Louis and Belleville, Ill., we represent people throughout Missouri and southern Illinois who have been injured by the carelessness of a truck drivers or trucking company. We can help you win the money you need to pay medical bills, replace income lost while you cannot work, and compensate you for a permanent disability or the loss of a family member. Please contact the Lowe Law Firm online today for a free, confidential consultation, or call us toll-free at 1-877-678-3400.