The Kane County Chronicle reported over the weekend on criminal charges that have been filed against a negligent area driver. The reckless driving prosecutions stem from a Chicago car accident that struck in late February that killed two people.
The victims were riding in their car on Peace Road in Maple Park around 5:30 in the afternoon. The negligent driver was traveling north on Main street, an avenue that intersects Peace Road. Unfortunately, when the two cars reached the intersection, they collided. The reckless driver’s car slammed into the driver’s side of the second vehicle, sending the car careening off the road. Both the driver and passenger were killed in the wreck.
Police have charged the surviving driver with criminal reckless driving because of the extremely aggressive way in which she handled her vehicle. She did not possess the right of way at the intersection. An investigation also indicated that she was traveling far too fast for the conditions at the time.
Of course, besides criminal charges, all victims of these sorts of accidents and their families have the option of contacting an attorney and filing an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit. These car accident lawsuits seek to compensate the victims for the specific suffering they incurred as a result of the mistakes of their fellow drivers. The law is clear in providing this remedy to surviving victims. It would be illogical for a negligent driver to get “off the hook” because their victim died in an accident. Consequently surviving family members can pursue claims of the deceased’s behalf.
Our Chicago car crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti are saddened by this tragic accident. The toll that incidents have on those involved as well as their extended network of family and friends is often incalculable. Please take all possible precautions while on the roads. If you find yourself or a loved one harmed by the negligence of another, be sure to contact a Chicago injury lawyer to protect the rights of all involved.
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