Murrayville, IL (September 21, 2020) – A man was killed in a two-car collision in Jersey County on Friday, September 18.
The crash occurred near the intersection of US-67 and Murrayville Road at around 2:14 p.m. According to reports from the Illinois State Police, an unidentified 87-year-old Jerseyville man was traveling west on Murrayville Road when he failed to yield the right of way to a 1979 Ford pickup truck driven by 19-year-old David A. Benton of Roodhouse, Illinois.
The Jerseyville man driving the 2014 Ford sedan was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. Benton was taken to a nearby medical facility for the treatment of sustained injuries. No further updates on the collision are available at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Intersection Accidents in Illinois
Intersections are a common hotspot for serious car accidents across Illinois. The majority of these accidents are caused by drivers who fail to yield the right of way, and nearly 61% of intersection accidents are due to drivers making left-hand turns. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 15% of car accidents involve drivers who fail to yield the right of way, and this is also the second-leading cause of vehicle fatalities nationwide.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate — usually a close family member — seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Our legal team is dedicated to making sure that each of our clients recovers the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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