Earlier today, a Chicago car accident lawyer at our office read a news report posted on TheRepublic.com detailing several fatal accidents that transpired in Madison County over this past weekend.
One of the most prominent accidents occurred early Saturday morning when local authorities discovered an overturned car on the 2200 block of St. Clair Avenue in Granite City. The accident resulted in deaths of all three of the motor vehicle’s occupants. Another vehicle was located at the accident scene and was taken into custody because he was wanted on other charges. However, the driver has not been charged in connection with the fatal crash.
Our Chicago accident lawyer learned that an Illinois State Police accident reconstruction officer is currently in the process of determining how the crash initially occurred. According to a statement released by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, the driver will not face charges until it has been determined that he was involved in the devastating accident that resulted in three fatalities – given that evidence at this time does not support the charges against him and a further investigation is required.
The article reports that this crash was noted as one of the deadliest out of the numerous fatal motor vehicle accidents that transpired in Madison County over the weekend. Our Chicago auto accident attorney learned that the Madison County Coroner screened a total of 31 death reports over the weekend from the hours of 12:01 a.m. Friday all the way through 12:01 Monday. Of the weekend’s 31 deaths, 12 will require an additional investigation in order to determine identifications, establish a cause of death, in addition to, determining whether or not foul play or criminal activity was involved.
Additional accidents that transpired over the weekend include: a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a car in Pontoon Beach, a pedestrian that was struck and killed by a train in Venice, a 45-year-old woman was died after the minivan in which she was traveling in struck two parked cars in Alton early Sunday morning.
When these types of devastating motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents transpire, it is often crucial to obtain legal representation in order to ensure that increasing medical expenses are covered, any lost wages are recovered, in addition to, ensuring that your insurance company will pay for any future treatment for injury sustained as a result of a motor vehicle accident. If you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one, please contact our accident attorneys in Chicago for a free consultation.