Those who drive around Cook County understand that our roads can be busy and congested. Despite this, most people are able to get to their destination safely. Unfortunately, serious accidents still occur on our roads. Many of these car accidents are completely avoidable because of the choices drivers make that put others at risk.
A man from North Carolina was recently killed on I-94 in Skokie. The victim was a passenger in a semi-truck, which was pulled over on the side of the freeway. The driver of the semi was inspecting his load, while his passenger was waiting outside. A man swerved onto the shoulder, hitting the passenger of the semi. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The man continued driving and was eventually pulled over a mile later. He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence involving death.
No one expects their loved one to be involved in a fatal accident, especially one that is the result of another person’s negligence. Unfortunately, many Chicago area families must deal with this every year. If a family is facing a situation where their loved one was involved in a serious accident due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with a legal professional. An attorney can review the situation surrounding the accident, interview witnesses and review police reports to determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
An unexpected accident can turn a family upside down. A family facing this situation has the legal right to hold the negligent party responsible for their mistake.