Fatal wrecks are always tragic, and those which leave a teenager critically injured and without parents are especially so. What is more difficult to handle is if the car accidents were caused by something easily preventable, such as distracted driving or driving while impaired. A recent article describes chain reaction car accident that resulted in the death of two parents and injured four additional people.
According to the Illinois State Police, a truck was stopped at the intersection of Route 127 and Route 150 and was waiting to make a right turn. Inexplicably, a small sedan rear-ended the truck and pushed it out onto the highway where it was T-boned by a large SUV. The impact caused the truck to catch on fire.
Good Samaritans rescued a 16-year-old girl from the truck, but they were unable to reach her parents, ages 36 and 38. The girl was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. In addition, the sedan's driver and passenger in the SUV were also airlifted with critical injuries, while the driver of the SUV received minor injuries.
Legal counsel may assist many accident victims and their loved ones in determining if there are legal paths available to them in the event of a crash. Reaching out to an attorney regarding these matters does not usually require clients to pay any up-front costs. Many work on a contingency basis and do not require payment until an award is granted at trial.
In such tragic circumstances, loved ones and victims of similar car accidents in Illinois may not feel like thinking of anything except their pain, loss and healing. However, many expenses can result from a wreck that are unexpected, such as medical bills, funeral costs, loss of wages and other financial considerations. Attorneys whose practice focuses on personal injury litigation may be in the best position to discuss the various legal options available that could assist in mitigating some of these expenses.
Source: stltoday.com, "Teen survives fiery crash in Illinois that kills her parents", Ashley Jost, May 24, 2016