Investigating an accident where the drivers of all involved vehicles were killed will likely take a considerable amount of time. After a recent car accident in Williamson County, the Illinois State Police had the assistance of no less than seven teams from law enforcement departments within the surrounding area. The initial report only revealed that high speed was suspected to have caused the three-vehicle crash on a recent Monday night.
Investigators said that a 29-year-old driver was apparently eastbound along Route 13 when she made a left turn onto a side-road. At that time, an 18-year-old driver crashed into her, causing his car to burst into flames. In an attempt to avoid the collision, a third vehicle -- driven by an Illinois doctor -- landed in the Crab Orchard Lake.
All three drivers were reported to have died in the accident. A 3-year-old boy was the only passenger mentioned, and he was admitted to the hospital where his condition was reported to be critical. Colleagues of the doctor announced his death on Facebook the following day.
Residents of Illinois, who have lost a loved one as the result of a car accident that was caused by the negligent driving of another party have the right to pursue recovery of expenses incurred. A properly prepared and presented wrongful death claim against the estate of an alleged negligent driver may result in a civil court awarding monetary judgment to cover medical and end-of-life damages that resulted from the accident. While such an award could never replace a loved one, it may ease the financial burden that was placed upon the family.
Source: The Daily Republican, "Marion woman among three killed in Route 13 crash", Jim Rodenbushthe, July 1, 2014