In many fatal motor vehicle accidents, victims are not only motorists but also people with families. They probably had plans that are never fulfilled, adding to the sorrow of surviving family members.
Streets and highways are dangerous places, especially when drivers are not paying complete attention to traffic conditions and other vehicles around them. This might be the case in a recent fatal accident in Chicago on Division Street near the Kennedy Expressway.
The loss of a loved one can usually brings grief, but that grief can be overwhelming if the death was avoidable. In Illinois, when a death is caused by someone else's negligence, such a loss may be the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit.
On Jan. 27, a tollway worker and a state trooper pulled over to help the driver of a broken-down semi truck on Interstate 88 in Aurora. A second semi truck crashed into the state trooper's vehicle, driving it into the tollway worker's truck, igniting a fiery blast. The tollway worker died at the scene, and the trooper remains in critical condition.