Jackson Co, IL (November 30, 2020) – A woman was killed following a deadly head-on collision in Jackson County on Thanksgiving day, November 26.
The fatal accident reportedly occurred on Old Highway 13 near Country Club Road near Murphysboro, Illinois. At around 5:34 p.m., a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by 26-year-old Christopher G. Cross was traveling east on Old Highway 13 when he traveled into the westbound lane of traffic. Cross collided head-on with a black 2002 Ford F-150 driven by 30-year-old Jeffrey Weiher of Hobart, Indiana.
The passengers in the Impala were identified as 23-year-old Ashley Segler and four children. All the passengers were transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment of sustained injuries. Segler was later pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and two of the children were airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital. Another child suffered fatal injuries.
Weiher and his passengers, Sally Morrow and Tyler Weiher, were also hospitalized. An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of Ashley Segler and the other deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Head-On Crashes in Illinois
Certain types of collisions are more likely to result in life-threatening or fatal injuries. Statistics have found that head-on crashes have a nearly 58% fatality rate. Head-on crashes are fairly rare, only accounting for an estimated 2% of reported car accidents each year. However, head-on crashes are involved in nearly 10% of fatal car accidents each year. These crashes are often caused by reckless drivers who veer into oncoming traffic.
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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