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Car accidents – recklessness may lead to criminal charges

Reckless driving kills or maims and often results in a driver having to face charges and answer for his or her actions. Victims seriously injured in car accidents, or the legal estate of those killed, may choose to file a civil claim against a driver believed to have been at fault for monetary damages resulting from the accident. Many Illinois personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis in order to assist such victims and families without regard to one’s financial position.

The Illinois families of two victims of an accident are in precisely this position. The accident occurred on a recent Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. According to the official reports, the 37-year-old driver of a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle after it struck an embankment.

The pickup truck driver could not regain control of his vehicle after it went airborne. It left the road and landed in the vegetation next to the road before it rolled. One passenger, aged 31, was flung from the car. She was found lying at least 15 yards away from the SUV. She, as well as the second passenger, a 38-year-old woman, were taken to hospitals in the area by medical helicopters.

The driver of the truck has been charged criminally. Charges range from driving while under the influence and serious reckless driving to the improper use of lanes and not slowing down. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case against the driver, the two women may decide to file personal injury claims against him.

Successfully litigated personal injury civil claims provide for the reimbursement of documented financial losses. An Illinois court may award monetary damages which could help the victim better cope with medical bills, rehabilitation costs and any lost wages due to missing time from work. In this manner victims may be assisted in recovering from the stress of unexpected expenses and related non-economic losses typically caused by car accidents.

Source:, “Driver facing several charges after two seriously injured in Jasper County accident”, Feb. 2, 2017