Holiday weekends are generally filled with enjoyable gatherings that include friends, family and fun activities. In many cases, these events can also lead to an over-indulgence in alcohol, which, unfortunately, may result in an increased number of car accidents. Over the 4th of July weekend, an alcohol-involved crash caused multiple injuries and took the life of an Illinois woman.
According to the police, a man was driving a car in the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago at around 4:14 a.m. on July 3. He crashed into a truck, which was driven by a 30-year-old woman. That collision then propelled her vehicle into another parked car on the block.
The woman died at the scene of the accident, while the man who caused the crash was taken to a local medical center in serious condition. Additionally, another man was injured as a result of the wreck, and was transported to the hospital. It is uncertain at this point if this man was a passenger in the involved vehicles, or simply a bystander.
The man who caused the accident has been charged with felony charges of aggravated DUI causing bodily harm and aggravated DUI in an accident causing death. He has also been cited for a misdemeanor count of DUI and for the failure to reduce speed, operating a vehicle without insurance and failure to carry a valid driver's license. He is scheduled to appear in court in the first week of July to face these charges.
Surviving loved ones and victims facing similar situations can rightfully pursue a civil suit against a driver, seeking reimbursement for damages caused by car accidents causing grievous harm and death. Those harmed by these types of negligent car accidents in Illinois may benefit from contacting an attorney who is experienced in personal injury litigation. Attorneys in this area of law will be in the best position to discuss the various legal avenues available to victims and family members during the difficult time following an accident.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Alcohol a factor in fatal Auburn Gresham crash", Mitchell Armentrout, July 3, 2016