Katina Carter, Charles Dennie Injured in Truck Crash on IL-99 near Versailles
Versailles, IL — May 29, 2022, 39-year-olds Katina Carter and Charles Dennie were injured when their 18-wheeler crashed off State Route 99 near Versailles.
Preliminary reports say the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. along IL-99. Dennie was reportedly driving a Freightliner semi-truck south on the highway when he fell asleep just north of Versailles. The truck ran off the road into the nearby woods and crashed.
Dennie and truck passenger Carter received non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Katina Carter, Charles Dennie Crash on IL-99
Early reports make the cause of this crash sound pretty straightforward, as they say the truck driver fell asleep. However, time and time again on this blog I stress the importance of finding out not just what caused a crash but exactly why it happened. Let me give an example of what I mean.
Not long ago I handled a similar situation in which a trucker fell asleep at the wheel. Some didn't think there was much else to know after that, but we investigated more closely and found he'd been chugging along for more than 20 straight hours without resting.
Any trained professional driver knows that's both dangerous and illegal, so why'd he do that? Well, it turned out the company he worked for coerced drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines, essentially threatening to terminate them if they didn't live up to those ludicrous expectations. It was really just a matter of time before someone got hurt.
While an inexperienced attorney and the general public may have been ready to blame the driver and be done with it, more careful consideration revealed a pervasive issue in his workplace that desperately needed addressing. We found what we needed to ensure his company changed its ways and made amends to the people hurt by its reckless practices.
When folks call the firm the main priority is getting them answers and the help they need. As more information comes to light, in many cases they also want to see someone held accountable for the damage done. Will the necessary work and care be put in here to ensure that happens for the victims?