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Fatal car accidents -- tragic for those left behind

An Illinois car accident on a recent Friday afternoon resulted in the death of a 32-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter. Car accidents such as this one can devastate the lives of those left behind, particularly when multiple members of one family dies. There is little doubt that a difficult time requiring many decisions lie ahead for the surviving family members.

One such consideration is whether to file a wrongful death claim. Sometimes, financial situations cause a family to doubt if they can afford an attorney. Finances need not be a deterrent, however, as many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis and do not require an initial payment from the client. 

A successfully presented wrongful death claim requires proof of negligence as the root cause of the accident. Although the investigation is still underway in this tragedy, eyewitness reports do point to negligence. According to one eyewitness, the vehicle in which the deceased mother and daughter were traveling was facing north at an intersection, waiting to turn. The driver of the second vehicle involved sped past the westbound eyewitness and struck the deceased's vehicle without any apparent attempt to brake.  

Both the mother and daughter were pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, while the driver of the second car was hospitalized in a critical, but stable condition. Should a wrongful death claim be filed, an Illinois civil court may award financial damages to the remaining family once liability has been formally established. Any monetary judgment awarded may assist the families of deceased victims in addressing the often substantial damages caused by car accidents.

Source:, "Woman, girl dead in crash near East St. Louis, police say", Dana Rieck, Jan. 20, 2017

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