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A Chicago wrongful death lawsuit was filed against an Illinois woman for upwards of one million dollars in damages, reports The Chicago Sun-Times. The suit was filed against the woman who was driving and killed a man who was kneeling in the street early in the morning on Christmas Eve. The woman had been drinking alcohol prior to driving, and was cited with a DUI.

The suit was filed on behalf of the man’s mother, and involved claims of negligence, wrongful death, and a survival action. These comprise the total of the initial one million dollars. There is also a separate damages claim, of an unspecified amount, regarding the man’s estate and family members. The loss of a loved one often comes with severe financial and emotional burdens that can be extremely hard to overcome. Hopefully the fair resolution of the suit will bring the family some comfort moving forward.

Losing a loved one is a tragic occurrence, especially during the holidays when family is supposed to be together. Unfortunately, it is during and around the holidays that the most motor vehicle accidents occur. According to a 2005 Fox News article, six of the top ten days with the most accidents of the year were on or around holidays. These days included July 2nd-4th, December 23rd, January 1st, and September 2nd. The other four days all took place in August.
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In November 2005, a 56-year-old woman died in a Chicago car accident when a police car blew through a stoplight at 60mph and collided with the SUV she was riding in. On May 11, her family finally saw compensation for the loss of their loving mother and grandmother. Chicago City Council approved a settlement of $3.5 million for the victim’s family. According to the family’s attorney, the police officer was driving too fast for conditions to back-up another officer in a minor incident. To read the full account of this Chicago car accident settlement, follow the link.

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A Cook County jury recently awarded $13.7 million to the family of a car salesman who was killed during a test drive. The car accident occurred in South Barrington, IL when a potential buyer crashed the car at high speeds. The salesman was thrown from the car and died shortly after at a local hospital. The car accident left two other passengers of the vehicle injured. During the trial, these passengers testified that the car was traveling at 95 mph when the accident occurred. To read more about this Chicago car accident verdict, follow the link.