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Illinois car accident kills young boy, injures family members

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Friday, August 9, 2013.

Reckless drivers are a worry for many motorists traveling to their destinations. There are many factors that could be considered reckless driving, and someone convicted of such driving could face serious penalties. Not only could they receive citations, but they could also be deemed at fault for a car accident should they be involved in one. If that accident results in injuries or fatalities, the reckless driver could also face civil claims for personal injuries or wrongful death.

An 11-year-old Illinois boy was killed in an accident while travelling with his mother and grandmother. The vehicle was stopped at a stop sign when a second vehicle reportedly traveled onto the shoulder of the road, into a ditch and crashed into the driver’s side of the stopped vehicle. The young boy in the first vehicle suffered fatal injuries, and the boy’s mother and grandmother both sustained serious injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle was also taken to an area hospital for assessment. She is currently facing charges of reckless driving, failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision and other allegations. Illinois police are continuing to investigate the accident, and the as the incident resulted in a fatality, the driver deemed at fault could find herself facing more serious charges.

Though the mother and grandmother of the child suffered serious injuries in the car accident, they are undoubtedly even more stricken by the loss of the young boy. Their grief only adds to the pain and suffering they were contending with as a result of their injuries. Having to arrange a funeral for the young child will probably be a heart-wrenching affair as well as a possible financial burden. The family may wish to file personal injury and wrongful death claims against the driver deemed at fault for monetary compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages permissible under Illinois law.

Source: The Quincy Herald-Whig, “Quincy boy dies in accident east of Auburn,” July 18, 2013

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