Pike Co, IL (November 1, 2020) – Three people were killed in a deadly vehicle collision in Pike County on Friday, October 30.
Local law enforcement officials were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Route 8 at around 5:03 p.m. Local authorities reported that a 2001 Chevrolet extended-cab truck driven by 64-year-old Randall K. Baughman of Pittsfield, Illinois was traveling east on the roadway at the time of the crash. For unknown reasons, the driver crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Both Baughman and the driver of the Mercury, 71-year-old George E. Ehrhart of Pittsfield, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Mercury, 41-year-old Margaret Shaver of Pittsfield, was hospitalized and later pronounced dead. No further information on the crash is currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of Randall K. Baughman, George E. Ehrhart, and Margaret Shaver at this time.
Deadly Head-On Crashes in Illinois
Certain types of collisions are more likely to result in fatal injuries. Statistics show that head-on crashes have a nearly 58% fatality rate, considerably higher than other types of accidents. In most cases, these accidents are caused by reckless or inattentive drivers who veer into oncoming traffic. Despite only making up around 2% of reported car crashes nationwide, head-on crashes are involved in nearly 10% of reported roadway fatalities each year.
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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