Wrecks that involve a car striking a pedestrian typically result in dire consequences. Drivers can be easily distracted by many things when on today's roads, and this has led to an increase in fatal car accidents when drivers come into contact with pedestrians or those biking along the road. A recent article describes the tragic result of a crash in Illinois.
The accident occurred on June 17 in mid-evening. According to the article, police were called to an accident site in Orland Park. The initial investigation determined that a 73-year-old man inexplicably left the road, causing his vehicle to hit a 17-year-old boy who was mowing the lawn beside the roadway. The driver then also crashed into a brick mailbox on the street.
The youth was transported to St. James Hospital, where his time of death was recorded at 6:45 p.m. The driver was not reported as injured in the crash. At this time, no charges have been issued against the driver.
Those facing a similar tragic situation may not know where to turn to for help. Most attorneys who are experienced in personal injury or wrongful death litigation do not require any up-front money in order to evaluate a case. Many work on a contingency basis, which means that a person is not required to pay them until they receive a positive financial judgment from a civil trial.
Regardless of any criminal charges filed, surviving families of an Illinois victims involved in similar car accidents could benefit from contacting an attorney who has experience in personal injury law. Many unexpected expenses can quickly mount from this kind of accident, especially with regard to medical bills and funeral expenses. Attorneys in this field will be able to discuss various legal options available to the family, and can assist in recovering losses as quickly as possible.
Source: Orland Park, Il. Patch., "Teen Fatally Struck by Car in Orland Park", Lauren Traut, June 20, 2016