When a driver improperly uses lanes of travel, an accident could easily occur. Drivers who change lanes too quickly or do not indicate that they are changing lanes could cause an issue for other drivers. Unfortunately, a car accident that takes place due to such actions can sometimes result in fatalities, and families of victims may want to understand their options.
It was recently reported that an accident in Illinois claimed the life of one individual. A 66-year-old woman was driving an SUV when another vehicle changed lanes and cut off the SUV. The woman swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision, and as a result, the SUV traveled off the roadway and into the median of Interstate 80. The vehicle continued traveling into the opposite lanes and crashed into four other vehicles.
The situation resulted in the SUV driver suffering fatal injuries. She was transported from the scene, but, unfortunately, succumbed to her injuries approximately 30 minutes after the crash. A 7-year-old passenger in the vehicle was uninjured. Three other individuals were also transported from the scene for treatment. The driver that cut off the SUV received a citation for improper lane use.
It is regrettable that this car accident resulted in a fatality. The family of the victim will likely want to take the necessary steps to lay their loved one to rest, but in doing so, they may face financial hardships relating to funeral costs. If the family feels it could be a step in the right direction, they may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault in order to seek compensation for their loss, funeral costs and other damages permissible under Illinois law.
Source: theherald-news.com, “Chicago woman identified as person killed in Sunday crash on I-80 near Morris“, June 29, 2015