Losing a loved one in a car accident is never easy. Those in Illinois who face the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident need to know how and why the accident happened. This is why it is imperative that a full investigation into the actions that precipitated the automobile accident must be conducted in the event that the family left behind has the basis to move forward with a legal filing.
A crash between two vehicles recently led to the death of a 71-year-old woman. The accident happened around 2:45 p.m. when a truck driven by a 44-year-old man rear-ended the woman’s vehicle. The victim was stopped and waiting for traffic to go by so she could proceed when the accident occurred. The man driving the truck was cited for failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident. Upon investigation into the crash, it was discovered that the man also had items that are linked to the lab equipment used to make methamphetamine.
When there is a a fatal car accident, the family left behind will have many issues that must be resolved. First there are funeral arrangements. Coming to grips with such an untimely death in so unexpected a fashion can also be difficult. It does not matter whether it was an elderly person or someone whose life was just beginning — there will be emotional, personal and financial factors that have to be taken into consideration. Insurance companies might try to offer a preemptive settlement to protect their own interests and keep costs under control. Families, in the throes of their grief, might unwittingly accept an offer that was not sufficiently just to compensate them. It may be a good idea to contact a wrongful death attorney before accepting an insurance settlement.
In this accident, a woman was rear-ended and killed by a truck that also happened to have equipment to manufacture meth in it. The investigation is not only covering the crash, but the alleged criminal activities of the driver of the truck. In situations like this, surviving family members need to make sure they are protected by speaking to a legal professional about how to move forward with a case to be compensated.
Source: galesburg.com, “Meth lab parts found in fatal Route 41 crash,” Robert Connelly, May 5, 2016