Griggsville, IL (November 20, 2020) – An all-terrain vehicle accident in Pike County on Tuesday night, November 17, resulted in the death of one Griggsville woman.
Local reports revealed that law enforcement officials responded to an ATV accident at the 500 block of N. Union Street. Sources from the scene reported that the driver of the ATV, Jonathan Goertz of Griggsville, was airlifted to Springfield Hospital for the treatment of sustained injuries. The ATV’s passenger, 60-year-old Janet L. Tedrow of Griggsville, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Despite life-saving measures at the scene, Tedrow was pronounced dead by responding paramedics. Goertz was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a non-highway vehicle on the street, and lacking a valid driver’s license. No further updates on the accident are currently available.
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 Janet L. Tedrow at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly ATV Accidents in Illinois
ATVs can be a wonderful pastime. However, when they are used improperly, they can also contribute to deadly accidents. The rate of accidents and injuries involving ATVs have increased by nearly 50% since 1982, growing from nearly 10,000 in 1982 to roughly 15,000 in 2017. Deadly ATV accidents have also risen dramatically. In 1982, there were only 29 fatal ATV accidents nationwide. Fast forward to 2017 and there were a total of 766 deadly ATV crashes in the United States.
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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