While the death of a family member or a relative can devastate a family, the pain can feel amplified if the death is a result of a motor vehicle accident, particularly when it stems from a negligent or reckless driver. When someone dies in a preventable accident, the death itself may be considered "wrongful." The family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation if the death was caused by someone else's failure to exercise due caution while driving.
Collisions between two cars are the most common type of traffic accidents on roadways in most of the country, including Illinois. These auto accidents often produce catastrophic injuries and deaths. Naturally, after any car accident, the question of who was at fault arises. If you were involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries as a result of that collision, then you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation. You may be, but first fault and liability must be established.
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.
Illinois residents who have lost loved ones know the grief that follows. When death is sudden and unexpected, the pain is even worse, especially when the death was avoidable, as is often the case with fatal motor vehicle accidents. Most fatal accidents are investigated to determine the exact cause, and any party found negligent can be held responsible by criminal prosecution or civil lawsuit.
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.
The prolonged frigid temperatures of early 2014 have wreaked havoc on drivers throughout Illinois. While heavy snowstorms slow roadways, another more insidious hazard accompanies winter weather: black ice.
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.