An Illinois car crash killed one person and injured several others. The recent car accident is under investigation, and very little is known at this time. However, the two vehicles collided head on, suggesting that one of them crossed the center line or that they struck each other amidst an attempted turn.
If a vehicle crossed the center line, the investigation into the crash will focus on the at-fault driver's state of mind in the build-up to the crash. Was he or she drunk? Did the driver decide to take out his or her cellphone and answer a call (or compose a text)? Was the driver distracted in some other way, causing him or her to travel across the center line and into oncoming traffic?
There are a couple of other things to learn from this unfortunate wreck, and the first is the nature of car accident investigations. These reports can be very important for the victims (and their loved ones) of a car accident. The report could substantiate their claims that the other driver was negligent in some way. However, these investigations can take a very long time to complete. Sometimes they are compiled quickly; other times, though, it can take many weeks or even months before an official ruling is made on an accident.
The other aspect here is the injuries suffered in the crash. High-speed or powerful accidents, like a head-on collision, often deal passengers very severe injuries that can take a long time to recover from. The victims may have their lives changed forever as a result. These things can referenced in a civil lawsuit against any at-fault drivers in the accident.
Source: WLS-TV, "1 dead, several injured in Oswego crash," Dec. 27, 2013