Residents of Kane, Illinois, are well aware of how devastating car accidents can be. Some of those accidents are caused by extreme weather conditions or by a driver’s negligence. Drivers who disobey traffic rules, drive while impaired or drive recklessly are considered negligent drivers. Such drivers, if involved in a collision, can be held liable for the damaged properties and the medical expenses of the victim. Negligent drivers can also be cited and face criminal charges.
In Machesney Park, Illinois, a car accident resulted in one woman’s death and injuries to six other people. Based on the report, the two vehicles were both heading west on Illinois 251 when one of the drivers attempted to turn north at the intersection, which resulted in the collision. According to police, alcohol was not a factor in the accident. The officer was uncertain about whether the passengers inside the two vehicles were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. Authorities continue to investigate the accident.
In this case, the victims and the family of the deceased person must wait until the official investigation is finished. One way to expedite the investigation is by providing details of the crash. By doing so, the investigators will have a better idea of how the accident occurred, and determine who was responsible. Another option is to hire private investigators and forensic experts, who can help to gather evidence that can be used in the court trial.
Once the authorities have released the results of the investigation and determined who is responsible for the crash, a car accident victim can file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. The victims’ medical expenses and other related losses can be compensated through the lawsuit. Plaintiffs may also seek pecuniary damages, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Source: Rockford Register Star, “One fatality reported in 2-car crash in Machesney Park,” Susan Vela, May 31, 2014