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Highland Park, Illinois, Teen Charged with Reckless Homicide after Car Accident Kills 5 Year-Old

Our Chicago car accident attorneys represent people who are injured in car accidents across Illinois, and work tirelessly to ensure that compensation is afforded to help victims through not only devastating injuries, but the medical bills and resulting emotional consequences.

However, there are some situations where injuries are so devastating that it seems no amount of money could remedy the situation. Nevertheless, Illinois law provides for damages following instances of wrongful death, in order to both send a message that the wrongdoer was at fault, and to help compensate loved ones of the decedent for things such as the loss of companionship, and expenses associated with the death, including funeral and burial costs.

That may just be the next step after a teenaged girl from Highland Park, Illinois, was charged this past week with reckless homicide after she struck and killed a five-year-old girl.

CBS Chicago reports that the girl has also been charged with aggravated driving under the influence after blood tests detected the chemical difluoroethane in her system; difluoroethane is a chemical commonly used in manufacturing cleaning products such as computer cleaning spray, which was found in the girl’s car.

The vehicle that the girl was driving crossed several lanes of traffic, hopped a curb, and ultimately slammed into the five year-old girl and her family, who were standing on the sidewalk. The child was killed and her mother and two brothers suffered serious injury.
While car accidents are a commonplace danger of operating a motor vehicle, when the driver of a car acts in a manner that is reckless or negligent, he or she may be held legally responsible for injuries that occur as a result of their behavior. Here, the teenager could face serious consequences in the way of personal injury lawsuits, both to cover the cost of the family’s medical expenses, as well as to provide recompense to the grieving family.

Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have successfully handled nearly every type of motor vehicle negligence case and recovered millions of dollars in accident lawsuit verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. Our attorneys have both the experience and knowledge to handle even the most complex car accident lawsuits.

In fact, our attorneys obtained $6.5 million settlement in a trucking accident case for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Our client and his son both suffered significant personal injuries in the collision. The defendant truck driver was found to be under the influence of marijuana and operating an over-loaded, unsafe truck. In violation of federal regulations, the defendant truck owners failed to drug-screen or perform background checks on their drivers.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that is the result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law.