Jordan Hill, Maitias Gonzalez, Jose Monero Injured in Truck Accident near Gibson City, IL
Gibson City, IL — July 6, 2022, Jordan Hill, Maitias Gonzalez, and Jose Monero were injured when a van and a big rig crashed near Gibson City.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:50 p.m. on State Highway 47 at Harvest Lane, just south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Express van stopped on the northbound highway to wait for traffic to pass so it could turn left onto Harvest Lane. A tractor-trailer approached behind the van; the driver told police he didn't realize the van had slowed and crashed into it. The impact caused the van to overturn.
Hill, Gonzalez, and Monero, all passengers in the van, received minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital. Both drivers were unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on IL-47 near Gibson City
It's something of a relief to read that the injuries here were minor; not everybody who gets rear-ended by a big rig can say the same. However, even if reports downplay the damage that's no still reason to take the crash lightly. I've seen cases where "minor" injuries turned out to be anything but, and it's important folks are prepared just in case things are worse than they seem.
For example, a while back a client was involved in a crash with a commercial truck. Doctors first told him he was lucky to have just a sore back and sent him home with instructions to use a heating pad and stay off his feet. Not long after, though, that soreness became paralyzing pain.
Further tests and scans showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in the victim's spine. That "minor" injury ultimately needed surgery and months of recovery, not to mention a drawn-out battle with the insurance company before they agreed to help him.
I certainly hope nothing like that happens after the Illinois crash, but in the other situation our client was able to get help because he reached out to us soon after his wreck. Folks that wait too long may find they can no longer get the evidence and assistance they need. If they act quickly, at worst they'll be overprepared and not need it. That's always better than the opposite, as many frustrated victims and families could tell you.