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Drunk driving accident claims life in Illinois

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

When a family loses a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver, seeking compensation may be a step that seems appropriate. A drunk driving accident can negatively affect many individuals, and the surviving family members of a victim may need to contend with funeral costs and other expenses as well as the emotional turmoil that will undoubtedly come from an unexpected death. As a result, wishing to take legal action is understandable. 

It was recently reported that a fatal accident took place in Illinois due to a driver being under the influence. Reports stated that an SUV was traveling west when the driver failed to maintain her lane. As a result, the SUV crossed into the opposite lanes of travel and collided with another vehicle. The SUV flipped, and the second car left the roadway and came to a stop in a ditch.

The driver of the second car was reported as being a man, but no age was disclosed. That individual suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The woman driving the SUV was taken into custody and was still in jail at the time of the report after being unable to post a $50,000 bail. She is currently facing charges for felony aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.

Because the death of an individual came about due to this drunk driving accident, the victim’s family may be exploring their legal options. Filing a civil claim for wrongful death against the driver considered at fault could allow them to pursue compensation for allowable damages. If the surviving driver is convicted of the criminal charges filed against her, proof of that could be offered as evidence in during Illinois civil court proceedings.

Source: pantagraph.com, “Physician killed in crash; Streator woman faces agg DUI“, Edith Brady-Lunny, March 19, 2016

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