Pittsfield, IL (September 20, 2020) – A woman from Pittsfield died after being involved in a multi-vehicle accident on US-54 on Friday, September 18.
The crash reportedly occurred at around 3:30 p.m. about a mile north of Pittsfield, according to reports from the Illinois State Police. Initial reports revealed that 70-year-old Sharon K. Brannan was traveling southbound on the highway when her vehicle sideswiped a truck pulling a livestock trailer. Brannan’s vehicle proceeded to collide head-on with another car driven by 53-year-old Debra K. Webb of Jacksonville, Illinois.
Brannan was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by responding paramedics. Webb and a passenger in Brannan’s vehicle, 78-year-old Gary K. Brannan of Pittsfield, were hospitalized for the treatment of sustained injuries. No further updates on the crash have been provided at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Sharon K. Brannan at this time. Our thoughts are with Debra K. Webb, Gary K. Brannan, and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Head-On Crashes in Illinois
Being involved in a head-on crash is extremely dangerous, and these types of collisions can result in fatal injuries, even at low speeds. Head-on collisions have a nearly 58% fatality rate, considerably higher than other types of accidents. These accidents are fairly rare, only making up around 2% of reported car accidents each year. However, head-on crashes are involved in nearly 10% of deadly car accidents reported annually.
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 a wrongful death in order to recover from damages resulting from the loss of a loved one.
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