It is always extremely disheartening to hear of fatalities caused by negligent driving. The worst part of such reports is knowing that the accidents were preventable and that the death should not have occurred at all. From these crashes, it is evident how much increased caution and safe driving can really save lives. If more people avoided negligent driving and devoted their attention and energy to safety, the death toll from motor vehicle accidents would be drastically lower.
According to recent news by Crown Point a motor vehicle accident took the life of a Bourbonnais, Illinois woman, and two others were injured. This fatal crash occurred near 109th Avenue and Iowa Street near the Interstate 65 interchange. One driver was driving east on 109th street and crossed his car over the center line, and hit the car driven by the now deceased victim. The impact caused her car to leave road, where it landed on its roof in a nearby field. Police reported that the accident caused the victim to die from blunt force trauma. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash as well, but both other drivers received non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigations are still continuing around this accident. For now it is uncertain as to whether or not negligent actions such as speeding, impairment or distraction caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle and cross the center line. However, police and local authorities have said that they will be looking into the accident and calculating vehicle speeds, as well as any other potential factors that may have contributed to the crash.
As noted above, when the victim’s car was hit, the force caused it to leave the roadway and rollover. As our attorneys have discussed in the past, rollover accidents are extremely serious and can often result in deaths. According to safecar.gov, many rollovers occur when drivers overcorrect their steering as a panic reaction. When driving at highway speeds, this excessive steering can cause a driver to lose control, resulting in the vehicle sliding sideways and rolling over.
Furthermore, Bourbonnais, Illinois is a fairly rural area. Although rural roads may not see the heavy traffic that city streets and highways do, it is still important that all drivers use caution on rural roads. Also according to safecar.gov, rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads and highways, as seen in this accident. When a vehicle veers off of a rural road, the vehicle can easily overturn when it hits a ditch or other embankment, like soft soil. In fact, rollovers are so much more likely in rural areas that approximately 75% of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another driver, you may be able to seek justice through a lawsuit. Where a plaintiff can show that an accident would not have occurred but for the negligent actions of another, the plaintiff can obtain compensatory and/or punitive damages to return them to the status quo before the accident. These damages can cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and pain and suffering. Our law firm has worked to defend the rights of plaintiffs for over 20 years. Call us today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your legal claim.