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Illinois car accident: 1 dead, 2 hurt, was inattention to blame?

It is a common misconception to assume that most car accidents are caused by drunk drivers, speeders or people who text while driving. However, this is not the case. Simply not paying attention to the road can be just as fatal as any of the aforementioned circumstances. Sadly, due to drivers not paying full attention to the road, one Illinois man suffered a fatal injury from a car accident that involved three cars. Two more victims were injured in the crash. One car containing two passengers was turning left into Proctor Hospital in Peoria when it was struck by a vehicle traveling south. The impact pushed the vehicle with two passengers into another vehicle waiting at a stop light to leave the hospital. While the driver of the third vehicle was thankfully uninjured, both passengers in the first vehicle as well as the driver of the second vehicle had to be rushed into the hospital for care.The driver of the third vehicle was treated and released; however, the victims in the first car were not as lucky. The driver of the first vehicle had to stay in the hospital for an unspecified amount of time. Her husband unfortunately passed away due to the injuries he sustained in the car accident. The Illinois police do not suspect drinking, drugs, speeding or texting to be factors in the car accident; these drivers were reportedly simply just not paying enough attention to the road. It is not said in the report who is at fault for the accident, but it is clear that both drivers of the first two vehicles should have paid more attention. Depending on the investigation, either of the two drivers could potentially have a personal injury suit. If she is not found to be at fault, the driver of the first car could file a claim for herself as well as a wrongful death claim for her husband; but if she is found to be at fault, the driver of the second vehicle could possibly file a personal injury claim against her.

Source: Journal Star, Three-car accident kills one, injures two Friday morning, , Aug. 16, 2013

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