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Illinois car accident leaves driver dead, others injured

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

For many parties, medical expenses stemming from an accident can be a difficult financial burden to handle. Therefore, filing a personal injury claim against the driver deemed at fault in order to seek compensation may seem necessary. If awarded, compensation could allow individuals who were seriously injured in a car accident to have a better ability to pay medical bills and other expenses resulting from the incident.

A civil claim could potentially be filed against the estate of a deceased driver after a serious accident recently took place in Illinois. It was reported that a driver was traveling east when she lost control of her vehicle and was unable to maintain her lane. As a result, she apparently overcorrected, which resulted in her vehicle moving into another lane and hitting another vehicle head on. The second vehicle was then hit in the rear by a pickup truck.

The driver of the second vehicle was reported as being 15-years-old and driving on a learner’s permit. He and his 40-year-old passenger were both transported from the scene to an area hospital. The older passenger was taken from the scene by helicopter. Unfortunately, the driver of the first vehicle suffered fatal injuries in the accident and was declared dead on site.

As one of the individuals involved in the car accident had to be airlifted, it can be assumed that he suffered serious injuries. As a result, medical expenses could accrue due to necessary treatment. Though the driver of the first vehicle was killed in the accident, if she is deemed at fault, the injured parties may be able to file a personal injury claim against her estate. This claim would allow for the pursuit of compensation for damaged permitted under Illinois law.

Source: bnd.com, “Police identify Belleville woman killed in Millstadt crash“, Scott Wuerz, Aug. 4, 2014

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