A 21-year-old Illinois man entered a guilty plea in Tazewell County Circuit Court earlier this month in relation to a one-car accident that resulted in the death of a passenger in that vehicle. He was initially charged with aggravated DUI causing death and several other charges after the September crash, but he ultimately pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and the other charges were dismissed.
A major cause of car accidents in the Edwardsville area is distracted driving. Whether it is due to texting, talking or being a deejay, many drivers are letting their attention stray from the road. A recent study suggests that electronics are not the most dangerous distraction a person can have in the car, however. The worst distraction is actually children--question-asking, snack-requesting, fussy children.
When people are injured in car accidents in Illinois that are caused by drunk drivers, it is possible for them to hold the drunk driver accountable as well as any bar or establishment that over-served the driver. This is done by filing a personal injury claim, which can result in compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and the other expenses related to the collision.
Here in Illinois, when someone causes a car accident, he or she might be held responsible with criminal charges and/or a civil lawsuit. The criminal aspect is handled by police and prosecutors, while it is up to victims and their families to choose whether to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation from the negligent driver. These processes are completely separate, and victims and their families can file lawsuits even if authorities do not press charges.