Halloween usually means fun, costumes and too much sugar. But drunk drivers on the road may lead to consequences a little more far-reaching than a stomachache.
Most Illinois residents know someone who has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver. A victim of a drunk driving accident will likely be emotional and experience anger and may be considering the possibility of holding the intoxicated driver responsible. There may be questions about legal options and how to go about filing a claim.
The busy roads of Illinois are often the scenes of multi-vehicle accidents. If one driver loses control of a vehicle -- or is distracted -- at a time of high traffic levels, it can lead to accidents involving several other vehicles. Such an auto accident often has devastating repercussions that may include life-changing injuries and even fatalities.
In Feb. 2013, an Illinois woman was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She was pregnant at the time, and claims that the auto accident caused the premature birth of her child. She filed a lawsuit against the driver of a tractor-trailer and his employer in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County in February.
Accidents that involve large farm equipment and automobiles often result in fatalities. The sheer weight and size of heavy farm machines is enough to crush a passenger vehicle in such an auto accident. An Illinois woman recently lost her life when her vehicle crashed into a combine harvester.
Illinois residents may share the concern of many motorists about the numbers of injuries and fatalities that result from accidents that occur in areas where road construction is underway. A recent auto accident that happened in a construction zone took the lives of four people and injured four more. According to media reports, the accident was allegedly caused by a tractor-trailer driver who was possibly exhausted, as police believe that his log entries were falsified.
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.
Following up on our blog post from Feb. 11, 2014, titled "1 dead, 1 injured in Illinois auto accident on Interstate 88", readers may be interested to know that the injured officer has now filed a claim against the driver of the truck and his employer. The officer was assisting a disabled vehicle and a tow truck when the auto accident occurred. A semitrailer crashed into the emergency vehicles, killing a tollway worker and seriously injuring the state trooper.
Interstates in Illinois are typically quite busy throughout the day. Cars, SUVs, trucks and other commercial vehicles often share the same roadway. For safety reasons, the law requires that, when emergency vehicles have their flashing lights operating, drivers should move over to another lane of traffic to allow emergency personnel to safely perform their jobs. Recently, a driver allegedly did not adhere to this safety precaution and ended up causing a deadly auto accident on I-88.
Losing a loved one in a car accident is traumatic, but amid the grief, it can also cause outrage. This is particularly true if the person who reportedly caused the accident was disobeying a rule of the road and driving carelessly. It is within the rights of the surviving family members of the deceased victim to seek financial damages in such a situation, which can give them a sense of closure in such a heartbreaking auto accident.