This weekend the Journal Star reported on the death of a former Illinois man who was killed after suffering a medical complication while behind the wheel. The victim was a long-time philosophy academic who taught at a seminary following his attendance at DePaul University in Chicago. He earned his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the institution.
Local police were alerted to the car accident after witnesses reported seeing a car leave the roadway and end up in the front yard of a house. This car accident occurred around10 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to information that authorities have pieced together since the accident, the man was driving northbound on the side street when he apparently suffered some sort of debilitating medical emergency-most likely a heart attack. That caused him to lose control of the vehicle, and the car ended up in the front yard of a nearby home.
The victim’s family explained that he had not shown any previous signs of illness or medical issues. They are awaiting the official autopsy results to determine if the heart attack was the conclusive cause of the man’s death.
As this case reveals, there will always be latent risks present when driving. In circumstances like these, car accidents are likely unavoidable. However, crashes caused by unknown medical situations while driving are quite rare. Instead, the vast majority of Illinois car accidents occur because of driver negligence, when someone fails to take appropriate care to ensure their safe travel.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to stand up for the rights of all those harmed by the misconduct of others behind the wheel. Many families suffer catastrophic losses because of errors made by drivers not taking simple steps to ensure that they do not harm other when driving. It is important for victims to understand their rights and seek redress following car crashes.
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