A broadside collision can be one of the most devastating types of crashes for passengers. Though side curtain airbags have become standard on more and more vehicles, these types of car accidents usually claim the lives of one or more of the people involved. Recently, one such car accident in Illinois cost one woman her life and seriously injured another.
According to authorities, a 33-year-old man was driving on a local street at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016. He allegedly ran a red light, and his vehicle crashed into the passenger side of a vehicle crossing the intersection. The impact sent the second vehicle into oncoming traffic, causing two other collisions.
The woman who was the passenger in the first car that was hit was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she died a short time later. Her husband, who was driving, is in critical condition at the same hospital. The article does not mention if anyone else involved in the accident suffered injuries. The driver who caused the initial wreck has been apprehended. He is facing a felony charge of reckless homicide and two additional felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death.
Many who are facing a similar tragic situation may not know where to turn to for assistance. Most attorneys who are experienced in wrongful death litigation do not require any up-front money in order to evaluate a case. They typically work on a contingency basis, which means they do not get paid until their clients receive a positive financial judgement from a civil trial.
Regardless of any criminal charges filed, the surviving family of an Illinois victim involved in a similar accident could benefit from contacting an attorney who has experience in personal injury law. Many unexpected expenses can quickly mount from these kinds of car accidents, especially with regards to medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses. Attorneys in this field will be able to discuss various legal options available to the family, and they can assist in recovering losses as quickly as possible.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Jaguar driver with "DO R DI" plate charged in fatal hit-and-run", June 5, 2016