There are many hazards that one must pay attention to while driving. Pedestrians, speeding cars and also slower cars are all things one must keep an eye out for and avoid. Funeral processions consist of a tight line of slower moving cars distinguishable by their emergency lights flashing as they drive. Since these cars are moving slowly and are so close together, if someone accidentally hits one of these cars, it could result in a crash that injures many people. An Illinois citizen recently had a car accident with a vehicle involved in a funeral procession, killing one person and injuring seven others.
An Illinois citizen was involved in a car accident that resulted in many injuries. One man that was part of the funeral procession died from his injuries about an hour after the crash. Seven others, included two children, were injured and taken to area hospitals, and most of them were in serious condition.
The crash happened on South Vincennes Avenue in Chicago. It is also not reported if intoxication, speeding or texting were possible factors in the crash. The report also was unclear on which passengers were in which cars. An investigation into the crash is currently underway.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, if the driver not involved in the procession is found to be at fault for the car accident, then the driver could face serious Illinois criminal as well as civil charges. The people who were injured would most likely want to file personal injury claims against the driver, and the family of the man who was killed may want to file a wrongful death claim. These claims could possibly compensate them for medical bills as well as pain and suffering.
Chicago Tribune, “1 dead, 7 injured in accident involving funeral procession in Morgan Park,” Carlos Sadovi, Aug. 6, 2013