A 21-year-old Illinois man entered a guilty plea in Tazewell County Circuit Court earlier this month in relation to a one-car accident that resulted in the death of a passenger in that vehicle. He was initially charged with aggravated DUI causing death and several other charges after the September crash, but he ultimately pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and the other charges were dismissed.
The family and friends of a young Collinsville man are probably in grief after learning of his tragic death last week. The young man was on his way home from work when he was killed in a hit-and-run accident. When he did not come home from work by the next morning, his roommates called the country club where he worked. The young man's employer also did not know where he was. The man's roommates then called the police.
In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, it is very difficult for the family members and loved ones of victims to ever feel that justice has been served. There are two ways to seek justice following a fatal collision in Ilinois; one of these is through the criminal system, and the second is through the civil legal system. Criminal charges are handled by the state and can result in jail time among other consequences, while a civil claim is filed by the family and often a wrongful death attorney in order to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost source of income and pain and suffering.
Many people know that after a car accident, it is possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who was negligent and caused the accident. This is typically done in order for the victims to either recover compensation for their related medical expenses and time spent away from work, or to pay for funeral expenses and pain and suffering caused by a fatal car accident.
A split-second decision can result in a car accident that can change someone's life forever. Choosing to speed, drink and drive, or even take one's eyes off the road for just a moment, can all lead to terrible car accidents that can cause serious injuries or death. A new memorial sign that was erected on a stretch of Interstate 64 in St. Clair County, Illinois, will hopefully remind drivers to make responsible decisions behind the wheel.