Auto accidents in Illinois have the potential to severely injure victims, or even result in death. Some accidents occur because of weather and road conditions, but others are the result of negligent actions on the part of drivers, whether they involve recklessness, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers who are negligent put their own lives as well as other people's lives at risk. For this reason, they can be held criminally liable and may also be subject to civil lawsuits.
In Peoria recently, the apparent lack of regard for others by one driver led to a rear-end auto collision that took the life of a 48-year-old woman. According to the Peoria Police Department, the woman was travelling with a 4-year-old female passenger when their car was hit from behind by a BMW driven by a 27-year-old male. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her passenger suffered minor injuries and was treated at the hospital. The BMW driver also suffered minor injuries. An initial police investigation shows that alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the accident. The BMW driver was charged with aggravated driving under the influence.
Car accidents that result in death can leave surviving family members stunned. A death can also affect a family's finances, especially if the person killed was a principal source of income for the family. Even as the family grieves, they can consider options that could result in compensation for damages that could help alleviate financial worries. One option is a wrongful death claim against the responsible party to recover financial losses.
Source: Centralillinoisproud.com, "Early morning car crash kills a Peoria woman," Aug. 11, 2014