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2 injured, 1 killed in Illinois car accident

Police in Illinois are investigating the cause of a crash that injured two people and claimed the life of another. This car accident reportedly occurred April 7, in Sterling. Per state laws, the surviving victim and the family members of the deceased may have legal recourse.

In a report issued by a news outlet, a 38-year-old male was driving his sedan northbound when he ran through a stop sign and was hit by a pickup truck. He and his passenger -- a 34-year-old female -- suffered unspecified injuries in the collision and were flown to a medical facility for treatment. Sadly, the passenger was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. The driver of the pickup truck was also injured, so he too was taken to the hospital for care. His current condition is unknown, though his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

As of the latest report, no criminal charges have been filed against the driver deemed responsible for the collision. Law enforcement officials have not indicated if any charges or traffic citations are pending. This case is still considered open as the investigation continues.

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. All it takes is one bad decision by one of the drivers -- such as disobeying traffic signs or not focusing on the road. While it is still unclear as to why the driver believed responsible in this case failed to stop or yield the right of way, if it is determined that negligence contributed to his actions, he may be held responsible for any damages sustained by the family members of the deceased and the surviving victim. These individuals, with the assistance of an experienced attorney, may file wrongful death and personal injury claims in an Illinois civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

Source: wqad.com, "One woman killed in Sterling car crash", Megan Noe, April 8, 2017

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