On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.of
When a vehicle breaks down on the side of the road, individuals may have to exit their vehicle in order to seek help. However, getting out of a car near a busy roadway could put individuals at risk of being hit by a car. It was recently reported that a car accident in Illinois occurred when driver struck a woman and her three children as they were walking.
The woman’s car had apparently broken down while traveling the interstate, and she was walking along the shoulder of the road with her 3-, 6- and 8-year-old children. The pedestrians were then hit by a vehicle that was driven by a man who authorities suspect was under the influence at the time. The incident caused the 27-year-old mother to suffer fatal injuries. The 3-year-old child suffered a fracture to his skull, and the other two children were also injured.
The driver of the car is currently facing charges for the incident. Due to the suspicion that the man was intoxicated, he is being charged with aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated DUI causing death. Authorities are continuing to investigate, and additional charges could potentially be filed.
This Illinois car accident had harrowing outcomes that will likely affect the young children involved and their surviving family for some time. The children will have to work to recover from their injuries as well as come to terms with the loss of their mother. Other family members may also face difficulties surrounding the outcomes of the incident; therefore, they may wish to look into their legal options. Filing a wrongful death claim and/or personal injury claims against the driver considered at fault could allow them to seek compensation for funeral costs, medical bills and other resulting damages.
Source: kmov.com, “Alleged drunk driver charged in crash that killed mother, injured children“, Dan Greenwald, Oct. 23, 2015