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Illinois auto accident claims lives, civil claim could result

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

Car accidents can happen on a daily basis, and the results of those accidents can have varying effects on the individuals involved and their families. Unfortunately, even an auto accident only involving one car could have substantial impacts, and in many cases, individuals could lose their lives. Sadly, such a situation recently took place in Illinois.

Reports indicated that an 18-year-old woman was driving a vehicle when she apparently failed to stay on the road. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a tree. Additional details on what may have caused the accident were not given in the report. It was noted that there was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash, and he was reported as being 22 years old.

The crash resulted in both occupants of the vehicle suffering fatal injuries. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was declared dead after being transported to an area medical center. Additional identifying information about the victims was not disclosed at the time of the report. Authorities are likely continuing to investigate, and more information may be available at a later time.

It is not unlikely for emotional hardships to result from a fatal auto accident. In addition to emotional challenges, the family of the victim could also face monetary difficulties pertaining to funeral expenses and other costs stemming from the crash. As a result, they may wish to consider their options for filing a civil claim. Though the driver was also killed in the crash, the family of the passenger may still be able to file a wrongful death claim against her estate for damages resulting from the Illinois incident.

Source: ksdk.com, “Two killed in early morning crash”, Lauren Nobbe, Dec. 20, 2015

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