Pike Co, IL (September 24, 2020) – One man was killed and another was critically injured after being involved in a single-vehicle collision in Pike County on Tuesday afternoon, September 22.
The crash reportedly occurred on County Highway 10 about one mile east of IL-96. At around 3:30 p.m., a 1998 Chevrolet sport-utility vehicle was traveling westbound on the roadway when the vehicle ran off the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle collided with a tree, causing the passenger to be ejected.
The driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Joe Luis Parra Palma of Monroe City, Missouri, was partially ejected from the vehicle. Palma was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency units. The vehicle’s passenger, 30-year-old Felipe Galan Almaraz also from Monroe City, was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in serious condition.
The cause of the accident has not been made public at this time. An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Luis Parra Palma at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Car Accidents in Illinois
Car crash fatalities take place almost daily across Illinois. Driving can be incredibly dangerous, and a serious collision can occur at almost any second. There were 319,146 car accidents reported across Illinois in 2018. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 67,453 collisions resulting in injuries, accounting for around 21.1% of collisions that year. A total of 951 crashes resulted in fatal injuries, accounting for roughly 1% of reported car accidents.
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 /, 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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