Oak Park, IL (August 10, 2020) – Emergency responders and officers from the River Forest Police Department were called to the site of a deadly accident in the Oak Park area that left four people dead on early on Sunday, August 9. The crash reportedly took place at around 12:49 a.m. at the 400 block of South Harlem Avenue.
According to local authorities, the vehicle involved in the accident struck and a light pole before colliding with the wall of a closed business on Harlem Avenue. Multiple police departments were present at the site of the accident to secure the scene. There were five occupants inside the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Two of the vehicle occupants were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two others required emergency medical treatment and were transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment where they later succumbed to their injuries. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly taken to a local hospital for the treatment of sustained injuries.
Authorities are currently working on identifying the crash victims and notifying family members. An ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident is being conducted by the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force Major Crash Team.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Car Accidents in Illinois
Car accidents can be extremely dangerous, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths across the United States each year. Vehicle collisions are the leading contributors to death and serious injury nationwide, including right here in Illinois. According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were a total of 281,778 reported collisions across the state in 2011. That is an average of 772 collisions happening each day. That year, a reported 835 fatal car accidents in the state contributed to the deaths of 918 people, with an estimated two people dying daily in vehicle collisions in Illinois.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a family member when a loved one has died due to the negligent behavior of another person. There are many potential situations that may warrant a wrongful death suit in Illinois, including a car accident, medical malpractice, or even nursing home negligence. Illinois state law allows a victim’s family or estate to recover compensation in the event of wrongful death in order to recover from damages resulting from the loss of a loved one.
If you believe that your loved one’s death may have been caused by another person’s negligence, you need to consult with an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. will make sure that your interests and legal rights are protected through every step of the legal process, and our years of experience means we can help you construct a strong case. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Illinois car accident.
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