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Semi-Truck Rollover Results in Fatality

A semi-truck collision that occurred on Lower Terre Haute Road, in Edgar county just east of Midwestern Gas road. The collision, unfortunately, resulted in the death of one person whose name has not yet been released. Edgar County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene shortly after the crash. Illinois State Police were also called to the scene and said that the victim of a fatal semi-truck rollover crash, a 24-year-old male from Paris, IL, was a passenger. They also reported that Brett Bell, also from Paris, IL was driving a Mack truck tractor along east Terre Haute Road when the truck left the roadway for an unknown reason and overturned on its passenger side, ultimately landing in a ditch. According to police, the passenger in the truck died at the scene. The road was blocked off for several hours while emergency crews transported Bell to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police also reported that neither Bell nor his passenger were wearing seatbelts. As a result of the crash, Bell is facing several charges including not having a commercial driver’s license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failing to wear a seat belt.

If you or a loved one have been put in harms’ way because of the reckless actions of a semi-truck driver call a Spiros Law attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering, medical bills, or lost wages. Our attorneys will fight for the justice you deserve so you can focus on your recovery. If you have been involved in a crash and have questions about your situation, call our office at (217) 443-4343 for a free consultation.


3 dead and 1 hurt in Illinois head-on accident

Police in Illinois recently confirmed three people were killed and another is in critical condition after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 158, an article of Fox 2 Now reported on December 9.

According to reports, an SUV slammed head-on into a pickup truck after it crossed the median line. The SUV driver and two passengers in the pickup were killed in the crash, while a Twitter post from Andy Banker said one person is in critical condition. Nearby residents told reports that the “S” Curve portion of the road where the accident happened was hazardous to motorists. Though police are still determining the cause of the crash, they sternly advised motorists to be more careful when traveling on Highway 158.

The wrongful death attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville understand that families often find themselves struggling after losing a loved one in a car accident. Our deepest thoughts go out to the people who were affected by the recent tragedy.


Company ordered to settle $152K after fatal construction accident

A subcontractor of the Jane Addams Tollway based in Elgin, Illinois was ordered to settle a suit of $152,000 after a worker got killed in an accident last April, an October 18 article of Chicago Tribune reported.

Aside from the fine imposed, a citation was also given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to Omega Demolition Corp. after Vicente Santoyo, 47, was fatally pinned by a 45-ton beam that collapsed. Santoyo, who was an employee of Omega Demolition, was part of a team working on a bridge on Interstate 90 when the accident happened. OSHA findings revealed that Santoyo’s death could have been avoided if the company complied with safety standards. Three coworkers of Santoyo were injured in the accident. Reports revealed that Omega Demolition was previously cited by OSHA for violating safety standards.

The Danville lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., represent families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate family members who are devastated by their loss. Find out how we may help you file a legal claim against negligent parties today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Female biker killed in Chicago semitrailer accident

A female bicyclist was recently killed after she was struck by a semitrailer truck in Chicago, a report of Daily Herald stated on August 17.

According to reports on August 16, a bicyclist identified as Lisa Kuivinen, 20, was struck while in the bicycle lane by a semitrailer in the vicinity of Racine Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue intersection. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago student succumbed to her injuries while receiving treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The semitrailer driver only identified as a 37-year-old man reportedly remained at the crash scene, police said. At least two citations were given to him by police for being reckless while behind the wheel and for driving a vehicle in a bike lane. He is expected to appear in court on September 15.

The Danville wrongful death legal team of the Spiros Law, P.C., express their sincere condolences to the family and friends who are grieving the recent loss of their loved one.


Family of fatal bicycle accident victim in Chicago files lawsuit

The family of the “Divvy” biker killed in a truck accident last month filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the truck driver and its employer, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on August 1.

According to the family, A&B Flooring Supplies Inc. and its employee Cosmin Radu are liable for the July 1 accident that killed Divvy rider Virginia Murray, 25. Radu, who was driving a flatbed truck at the time, was accused of negligence for striking Murray in the north lane of Sacramento Avenue. Reports revealed that there were no dedicated bike lanes in the area where the accident happened. The legal counsel representing the Murray family said that they are not planning to file a lawsuit against the bike-sharing company.

The Spiros Law, P.C., attorneys understand that many bicyclists die in car and truck accidents. If your loved one was the victim of a motorist’s negligence, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against responsible parties. Find out how we could help you recover your loss today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Bicyclist dead in Skokie semi-truck accident

A man riding a bicycle was recently killed in an accident after he was struck by a semi-truck in Skokie village, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on November 16.

Reports coming from Skokie police officer Eric Swaback said the accident happened at around 5:00 p.m. on November 13 near McCormick Boulevard. James Hinton, 43, was reportedly riding in the eastbound lane on Howard Street when he was hit from behind by a semi-truck in the same lane. Hinton later succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to a hospital in Evanston, police said. He was pronounced dead at 5:42 that evening.

The truck driver, whose name has not yet been released, remained at the crash scene and cooperated with responding police. Charges or citations were not filed and authorities continue to work to figure out the cause of the accident. At this point it is believed that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.


Illinois worker dead in lawnmower mishap

A worker for a lawn service in Swansea, Illinois was killed after he was accidentally pinned by the machinery he was operating, an article from fox2now.com reported on September 25.

Information provided by Swansea Police revealed that they were notified of an accident involving a commercial lawnmower. Responding rescuers reportedly saw the machinery flipped at a pond shore. Responders at the scene recovered the body of an 18-year-old New Athens resident who had been trapped under the machinery. Authorities believed that the victim had been underwater for hours after the mishap occurred and they are waiting for autopsy findings to figure out the cause of his death.

Many families unfortunately have to deal with great emotional pain and financial loss after losing a loved one in a workplace accident. However, if this happen to a loved one in Danville area, the lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. may work for you if negligent parties are involved. Find out how we may possibly help you lessen your burden today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Worker dies from burn injuries caused by lawnmower accident

A worker from Belleville recently suffered fatal burn injuries after the equipment he was operating tipped over and caught flame, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late last month.

Reports said the 74-year-old man, a part-time employee of Minton Outdoor Services, was operating a commercial lawnmower on Frank Scott Parkway when the accident occurred.

The man was operating the lawnmower at around 7:45 a.m. when it flipped while heading to a raised embankment. Three Scott Air Force Base airmen were driving by and saw the man on fire. They draped an overcoat over him and doused him in water to stop the fire, but he still sustained burns on over half of his body.  The man was transported to a burn unit in Creve Coeur and was pronounced dead at around 4:00 p.m that same day. Preliminary investigations revealed that the lawnmower’s gas cover was missing when the equipment caught fire.


Bicyclist killed in Quincy hit-and-run accident

A male bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a vehicle near Quincy, Illinois, WGEM reported on June 21.

Authorities apprehended the vehicle driver, who they believe attempted to flee the scene of the accident.

The Illinois State Police identified the bicyclist as Michael Pulliam. Pulliam, 62, was riding his bike at about 4:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Spring Lake Road when he was struck by a vehicle. Authorities later arrested 21-year-old Colton Walker due to suspicion of his involvement in the crash. An unmanned vehicle apparently owned by Walker was found by authorities; they noted its damage and related it to the accident. Walker, who was charged in relation to the crash, was booked at Adams County Jail.

The legal team at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends affected during this difficult time.


Charges filed against Red Bud woman in fatal drunk driving crash

Several charges were filed against a Red Bud female resident in relation to a fatal drunk driving accident in January that left two people dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on May 27.

Reports revealed that charges of reckless homicide and a second felony charge of drunk driving were filed against 20-year-old Crystal Steinheimer. Hannah Porter, 20, reportedly was a passenger of Steinheimer when their vehicle veered into the opposite lane of Illinois Route 159 and crashed into an oncoming vehicle operated by Abigail Liefer, 19. A maximum of 28 years of imprisonment awaits Steinheimer if she is found guilty of the charges filed against her.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless behavior, you may pursue financial compensation in court to recover any financial losses, as well as prevent an accident like this from happening again. Find out how the Danville legal team of Spiros Law, P.C., may work on your behalf by calling our offices at 217-443-4343 today.