Interstate 80 was closed for several hours on a recent Sunday. This followed a horrific car accident in Morris that claimed the life of one person. Illinois State Police reported that a male driver who was suspected to have caused the crash was cited.
A police report states that the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. in both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. An SUV operated by a 66-year-old woman was apparently eastbound in the left lane when the 34-year-old driver of another vehicle reportedly pulled his vehicle into her lane. In order to avoid a collision, the SUV driver veered left and went off the roadway. She apparently went through a ditch in the center median, causing the SUV to go airborne.
The SUV reportedly crashed into two vehicles as it landed in the westbound lanes. Four other vehicles were involved in subsequent chain reaction collisions. The SUV driver suffered fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported in the various accidents that were apparently caused by one driver cutting in front of another.
The media report noted that a citation was issued to the driver who is suspected of causing the car accident. The surviving family members of the woman who lost her life are entitled to pursue compensation for end-of-life expenses and other monetary damages. They will, however, have to establish negligence on the part of the other driver. The services of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney may be helpful. A lawyer may have the resources to launch a thorough investigation to obtain the evidence that is needed to present a successful claim in an Illinois civil court.
Source: chicagotribune.com, “1 cited in fatal 6-vehicle crash on I-80 in Morris“, June 29, 2015