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Semi causes multi-car accident injuring 8 on I-94, 1 critical

Losing concentration while driving a big rig can have devastating consequences. A recent chain-reaction crash in Illinois was reportedly caused by the driver of a semi-truck who failed to keep an eye on the traffic ahead. The multi-car accident reportedly occurred in Gurnee on Interstate 94.

According to an accident report by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened in the late afternoon of a recent Monday. Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary reports indicate that a big rig was westbound on the interstate when the driver failed to slow down when necessary. The truck smashed into the back of one car, causing a chain of rear-end collisions involving a total of six vehicles.

Unsafe U-turn leads to fatal Illinois car accident

When an Illinois driver recently decided to make a U-turn without keeping a proper lookout for approaching traffic, he caused the death of his passenger. This tragic car accident reportedly occurred in Chicago on a recent Wednesday afternoon. An investigation into this crash is underway.

Chicago police reported that emergency teams were summoned to the scene of the accident at approximately 3 p.m. A preliminary crash report indicates that a 22-year-old man was the driver of the car in which there was also a 17-year-old passenger. He allegedly made a U-turn that put him directly in the path of an oncoming SUV.

Car accident: School children vulnerable at bus stops

Schools are open, and children in Illinois are back in their classrooms. This is something drivers must consider, especially those traveling on the same routes as school buses. The most dangerous part of a school bus ride is the bus stop when there is a high risk of a child suffering a car accident injury. Children are most vulnerable in the moments after disembarking from a bus.

Children crossing streets when getting on or off school buses can be as young as 5 to 7 years old and, obviously, do not think like adults. For this reason, Illinois motorists are not allowed to pass school buses that stop to collect or off-load children. Most of the children involved in school bus-related accidents are not on the school bus but in the area around the bus -- ominously called the death zone. The primary cause is drivers illegally passing stopped buses.

Car accident follows loss of control -- 2 adults, 5 kids injured

Being the driver of a vehicle carrying passengers is an enormous responsibility. If the driver's negligence causes an accident, he or she can be held accountable by the injured victims or the surviving families of any passenger who is killed. A recent car accident in Clinton County may come back to haunt the 37-year-old Illinois driver.

According to the preliminary accident report, the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle for reasons yet to be determined. The car apparently spun and rolled over after it had landed from being airborne. It ultimately came to a halt after smashing into an embankment. A witness reportedly saw all seven the occupants being ejected.

More fatal car accident predicted for this Labor Day weekend

The National Safety Council looked at the nationwide death rate from fatal car accidents and reported a significant increase when compared to 2014. This may foretell a deadly Labor Day weekend. Reportedly, the number of fatal car accident injuries across the country since the beginning of this year already exceeds 19,000, and 2.2 million people suffered serious injuries. The NSC noted that Illinois ranks among the top five states where significant increases in road fatalities were recorded.

Reportedly, along with the increase in road accidents, the miles traveled and the numbers of vehicles on the country's road have also grown. That will likely lead to more accidents and more deaths. A spokesperson for an automotive research company said drivers are often their own worst enemies because distracted driving is believed to significantly contribute the number of lives lost.

Compensation may be sought after fiery crash kills 2, injures 3

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can have devastating consequences, even if family members and friends regard a driver as a responsible person. A 41-year-old Illinois father of two who has no prior criminal record admitted to snorting cocaine before crashing into a car, causing two fatalities and injuries to three children. Claims for compensation may follow this tragic accident.

An accident report indicates that the drugged man crashed into a car that was occupied by a 31-year-old father and his four children. With him were his 12-year-old daughter and her three siblings -- ages 6, 4 and 2. After the impact of the collision, the wreck reportedly erupted into flames, trapping the family inside.

Commercial truck vs. auto accident on I-57 kills 1, injures 2

Driving on the interstate requires undivided attention to the roadway. This applies in particular to Illinois road construction areas. A pickup truck passenger recently lost her life in an accident that was apparently caused by an inattentive truck driver. In any commercial truck vs. auto accident, the occupants of passenger vehicles are vulnerable to severe or fatal injuries.

According to an Illinois State Police report, the accident that caused road closures of approximately four hours occurred on a recent Friday morning on southbound Interstate 57. Reportedly, two 72-year-old people were in a pickup truck between a tractor trailer and another commercial truck. As they approached a construction zone at which traffic had slowed down, the drivers of the tractor trailer and the pickup truck reduced speed.

Fiery 6-vehicle truck vs. auto accident kills 3 on Interstate 80

When traffic slows down in areas of road construction on the interstate, it only takes one distracted driver to cause an accident with devastating consequences. It is not uncommon for multiple vehicles to be involved in a truck vs. auto accident, particularly when there are big rigs involved. Six vehicles got mixed up in a recent wreck on Interstate 80 that claimed the lives of three people.

An incident report prepared by the Illinois State Police notes that the chain of accidents occurred in LaSalle County shortly after 1 p.m. on a recent Monday. Allegedly, the first collision was caused by the driver of a fully loaded gravel hauler who failed to slow down when approaching slow traffic in a construction zone. That truck smashed into a passenger car that was pushed under a semi-truck in front of it. A fire broke out, and both occupants of the car were killed.

Injured biker flown from scene of Illinois motorcycle accident

Motorcycle riders who are struck by vehicles typically suffer catastrophic -- or even fatal -- injuries. The chance of survival is particularly slim when the biker is without a crash helmet. An Illinois biker was recently injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred in Williamson County.

According to an accident report provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened on a recent Tuesday. Reportedly, a 46-year-old Herrin woman pulled onto Illinois 148 from a Walmart parking lot. She allegedly entered the southbound lanes without checking for oncoming traffic. This put her vehicle directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

2 injured in early morning 3-car accident in Illinois

Being distracted for only a moment can have devastating consequences on Illinois roads. Three vehicles were involved in a car accident in Ingleside on a recent Wednesday morning. The sheriff's office is still investigating the crash to determine the cause.

According to a preliminary accident report, a 50-year-old driver from Wauconda drove off the roadway for reasons yet to be determined. He allegedly corrected and re-entered the roadway but smashed into another car that was operated by a 31-year-old man from Round Lake Park. This was followed by the second collision with a sedan that was driven by a 28-year-old driver from Wonder Lake.