Two 16-year-old girls are in critical condition after a crash with a semi-truck in Winnebago Corners, Illinois, but a friend says that they are "both slowly but surely recovering." She says that they are expected to make a full recovery.
The truck broadsided their car on the evening of April 3. The collision was so bad that the teens, both students at Pecatonica High School, had to be cut out of their vehicle's wreckage.
No charges have yet been filed against anyone. A spokesman for the Illinois State Police said that they are still waiting on the results of the survey of the scene that was done in order to reconstruct what happened. A GoFundMe account has already raised over $2,000 to help out the girls' families.
However, area residents say that this is not the first serious collision that has occurred at this intersection. They complain about the speed limits on the road. One noted, "There's no degrading of the speed limit coming into this corner." Residents suggest lowering the posted speed limit, increasing the visibility of traffic lights and added patrols by the state police. .
Even when people are fortunate enough to survive a collision with a truck, the resulting injuries can take a significant amount of time and medical care to heal. The costs can be overwhelming for many families. If the truck driver is determined to be the one at fault, it may be possible to hold not only that driver but the company for which he or she works legally responsible in civil court. A successful lawsuit can give victims much-needed money to get the medical care and physical therapy they need to have as full a recovery as possible.
Source: Mystateline.com, "Morgan Smoter and Jordan Conrad Getting Better After Car-vs-Semi Accident," Carolina Cruz, April. 07, 2015