Illinois parents are bound to be concerned when their teenagers go out for a night of fun. Too many young people lose their lives in auto accidents that typically happen at high rates of speed. Chicago police were recently called to a horrifying car accident that happened at about 3 a.m. on a Thursday morning.
Emergency personnel had to remove the smashed car’s roof in order to extricate the bodies of four young people, along with one critically injured female passenger. She was transported to a medical center, and her current condition is unknown. Although police suspected the accident to be the result of drag racing, video footage showed no evidence of other cars being involved.
Video footage that was obtained from a store in the vicinity of the accident scene led investigators to believe that the accident resulted from a speeding driver losing control of the vehicle. The accident happened in a service alley when the car crashed into a store’s back wall, only just avoiding about 100 propane tanks. Investigators said that wet and slippery conditions may have attributed to the accident.
Although the group of people may have been friends, the families who lost loved ones in such a car accident have the right to pursue recovery of financial damages. They are free to file claims of wrongful death against the driver’s estate, and/or anyone with an ownership interest in the car. Similarly, the seriously injured person may file a personal injury claim in an Illinois civil court. Monetary judgment may follow successfully presented claims, and are meant to cover medical and/or end-of-life expenses, along with other damages recognized by our state laws.
Source: CBS Chicago, "4 Killed, 1 Critically Injured In High-Speed Crash At Brickyard Mall", , June 12, 2014