On Thursday, September 13, 62-year-old Roosevelt Brown was injured, and 48-year-old David Smith's property was badly damaged, in a crash involving multiple tractor-trailer's at the Goshen Rest Area on I-64.
The accident began in the early evening when a big-rig driven by an unnamed party failed to slow down upon approaching the rest area before striking a tree and then the two parked rigs operated by Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith.
According to the Illinois State Highway Patrol crash report, Mr. Brown had to be transported via EMS to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for further observation and treatment, while Mr. Smith was unharmed but had to have his vehicle towed due to damage.
Unfortunately, the unnamed driver of the first truck passed away.
No other drivers or occupants were injured in the accident.
The Legal Claims
Missouri and Illinois offer a widespread system of personal injury laws meant to protect parties who are injured through another party's negligent acts.
The party seeking relief will be entitled to compensation in the form of payment for any lost wages, pain and suffering, any damaged property, and any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident that are not a result of his or her own negligence.
Missouri law states that you have five (5) years to file your personal injury lawsuit, unlike Illinois law which allows only a two (2) year period, though you never want to wait that long to file a claim. Some cases require a good deal of discovery and preparation, so the sooner you contact an attorney to file the case, the better your odds of recovering everything you are owed will be.
Does it Matter That It Was a Big-Rig Wreck?
One of the most common questions we field when interviewing potential clients is; why does it matter if the vehicle that struck me was a big-rig or other large commercial vehicle? Large commercial vehicles often have different kinds of rules and regulations which govern their operation, and they always have a different type of insurance than that used by normal, non-commercial, drivers. All of these issues make big-rig wrecks unique, though just as easily handled by an experienced litigator such as those at the Roach firm.
Do I need an attorney?
Some accident victims are reluctant to hire an attorney because they think they cannot afford one. However, most personal injury attorneys, including Kevin Roach, are only paid if you receive a settlement or a verdict in your favor.
You do not pay anything up front.
Also, remember that the statistics show that people who hire a personal injury attorney usually end up receiving far more accident compensation than if they handled the case on their own – on average, 3.5 times more. The bottom line is - you will most likely receive more for your injuries by hiring an experienced and proven auto accident personal injury attorney.
Kevin Roach is one of those attorneys. He is a highly experienced and well-rated attorney who has practiced personal injury law since 2001. Kevin oversees every personal injury case to ensure that you receive the maximum financial award for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering.
If you still have questions about your car, truck, or motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Roach today for a free consultation, (866) 519-0085.