Every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, he or she is accepting responsibility for the safety of everyone else on the road. Although accidents can and do happen, when a driver’s negligent behaviors or careless actions lead to the injury or death of another person, the negligent driver may be held accountable in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.
That’s exactly what might happen following a devastating car crash earlier this month on Interstate-80. According to the Chicago Tribune, four Chicago-area men were killed when a wrong-way driver on I-80 smashed into another car. The accident occurred in the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, and authorities have reason to believe that the driver of the vehicle that was traveling in the wrong direction was impaired by alcohol.
Police reports indicate that witnesses saw a 1996 Infiniti travelling at a high rate of speed get onto I-80, going eastbound in the westbound lanes, reported the Chicago Tribune. The report went on to say that the car, which contained four men, hit a 1999 Ford wagon head-on and both cars were engulfed in flames. The driver of the Ford and three of the men in the Infiniti were killed; one of the passengers in the Infiniti was injured, but taken to an area hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.
When the driver of the Infiniti got behind the wheel of his car whilst intoxicated, he acted negligently. Because that negligence was the direct cause of the deaths of three other persons, the families of the deceased may have grounds to bring an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the driver to get compensation for the loss of companionship of their loved ones.
Under Illinois law, wrongful death is the legal concept that arises when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person. In cases of wrongful death, such as this one, family members can file claims to potentially make the wrongdoer pay damages for things such as the loss of companionship, monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided, and expenses associated with the death such as funeral and burial costs, as well as having to experience grief and sorrow. Though a lawsuit can never bring a loved one back to life, it is a step in the right direction, both for achieving justice, and making those at fault pay for their careless actions.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have successfully handled nearly every type of motor vehicle negligence case and recovered millions of dollars in accident lawsuit verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. They have both the experience and knowledge to handle even the most complex car accident lawsuits. In fact, our attorneys won a $6.5 million trucking accident settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The defendant truck driver was found to be under the influence of marijuana and operating an over-loaded, unsafe truck.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of the negligence of another driver, contact an attorney immediately to be apprised of your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your loss.