Newton, IL (September 9, 2020) – A two-vehicle accident in a rural area of Whiteside County on Sunday, September 6, resulted in the death of a woman from Erie, Illinois.
Initial reports revealed that the accident occurred near the intersection of Burns Road and Albany Road at around 6:45 p.m. that evening. According to local sources, 35-year-old Nathan D. Bearsley of Erie was traveling south on Albany Road when he crossed the centerline. Bearsley collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 76-year-old Joyce M. Kaecker of Erie.
Responding emergency units pronounced Kaecker dead at the scene of the collision. Bearsley was transported by helicopter to MedForce to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatment. Bearsley was cited for improper lane usage.
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 Joyce M. Kaecker at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Head-On Accidents in Illinois
Certain types of car accidents are more likely to result in fatal injuries. According to the Federal Highway Administration, head-on crashes have a nearly 58% fatality rate, significantly higher than other types of collisions. Even at low speeds, head-on crashes have the potential to cause fatal injuries. Head-on crashes are only involved in around 2% of reported crashes but are involved in more than 10% deadly collisions reported annually.
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 312-386-7683 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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