ArgusLeader.com reports that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a 20-year-old driver for her role in a tragic motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a 101-year-old woman. Our Chicago accident attorneys learned that the accident in question transpired on June 20, 2010, when the driver’s motor vehicle barreled through the 101-year-old’s room at the woman’s nursing home. The force of the impact caused the accident victim’s bed to be propelled across her room and into the opposite wall.
As a result of the accident, the victim suffered physical pain for approximately two days before her death – which was ultimately determined to be caused by a combination of the impact, as well as, the victim’s advanced age. The family of the 101-year-old has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver – seeking the driver to pay the medical and funeral expenses of the victim. According to court documents, the lawsuit asserts that the driver “exhibited malice” in a reckless and wanton fashion on the night of the collision – which ultimately led to the woman’s untimely death.
Our Chicago auto accident attorneys learned that the 20-year-old driver was not criminally charged with manslaughter and was ultimately charged with careless driving and required to pay a $117 fine. In a statement released by the State’s Attorney, it was revealed that based on the location of the incident, the accidental nature of the incident, clear lack of criminal intent, as well as, the several possible contributing causes of death – a successful conviction would not be able to be obtain for a charge beyond what was cited on the scene.
More often than not, when devastating and life-altering accidents such as the one previously mentioned transpire, criminal fines and penalties are unsuccessful at compensating the victim’s family for the devastating loss they have sustained as a result of another’s carelessness. Civil litigation is often helpful for accident victims and their families to obtain compensation for personal injury or even premature fatality. Some of the most common types of compensation include those that recover lost wages, cover medical expenses, in addition to, punitive damages that punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our experienced Chicago car accident lawyers as soon as possible to see what legal rights, relief, and representation may be available to you.