I-55 in Central Illinois Closed After Dust Storm Leads to Semi Truck Crashes

More than 30 people have been injured while driving in a dust storm in central Illinois. Illinois State Police have closed I55 for 28 miles between Litchfield and Divernon in Springfield due to dangerous dust storms that have caused tremendous visibility issues and multiple crashes. Wind gusts of up to 44mph have made conditions unsafe, and the thick black smoke from damaged vehicles has added to the danger.

The Divernon City Hall has been opened as a reunification center for families of those involved in the crashes. Unfortunately, there have been fatalities reported as a result of the collisions, though the exact number has not been made public.

More than 20 commercial vehicles and 4060 passenger vehicles were involved in the crash, and two semi tractor trailers caught on fire. Witnesses report that they have never seen such a bad dust storm and the chaos it caused. Crashes involving commercial vehicles can cause severe injuries. Get Jim Onder to be on your side when you need help navigating the legal ins and outs of commercial vehicle crashes. You can take legal action to protect your right to compensation.

What Should I Do if I am Involved in a Semi Truck Crash?

If you have been injured in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, it is important to take steps to protect your rights.

First, seek medical attention. Even if you do not think that you are seriously injured, it is important to get checked out by a doctor. He or she will be able to document your injuries and any treatment that you may need.

Second, exchange contact information with the driver and the company. Make sure to get their insurance information as well. If there are other people involved in the crash, such as passengers, get their contact information as well.

Third, document the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles and the location. Also, if there are any witnesses, get their names and contact information.

Fourth, contact an attorney. An experienced OnderLaw truck crash lawyer can help you pursue a claim for damages. We will be able to advise you on the best course of action and handle the legal process on your behalf.

Finally, keep all of your medical records and expenses related to the accident. This will help you document your losses and build a strong case. Following these steps can help you get the compensation you deserve after an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

If you find yourself in a dust storm, pull off the road and wait for the storm to pass. Additionally, use your hazard lights if visibility is extremely poor instead of your driving lights, which can often lead other drivers to follow you to the side of the road and increase your risk of a crash.