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Motor vehicle accidents: 1 killed, 2 injured in Illinois crash

The majority of drivers on Illinois interstates are safe, striving to remain vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, drivers who take their attention from the road for even a brief moment can cause motor vehicle accidents with horrific consequences. For example, a recent crash resulted in the death of one person while two others suffered injuries.

The incident happened just before noon on a day in late April. According to reports, a 62-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle, causing it to strike a vehicle driven by a 59-year-old man. The initial collision resulted in a chain-reaction event that ultimately involved a total of six vehicles.

Unfortunately, a 62-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in the collision and passed away after being transported to the hospital. A 60-year-old woman is listed in critical condition, while a 32-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. It is unclear if criminal charges are expected to be filed as a result of the collision.

What some drivers may view as a relatively innocuous action -- such as changing the radio station or reaching for a dropped item -- can actually cause an accident with serious, even fatal, consequences. Unfortunately, one Illinois family is left coping with the consequences of this accident, which can include struggling financially as a result of medical expenses and funeral costs. Many victims of motor vehicle accidents -- including surviving family members -- often utilize the civil court system to help them seek compensation for damages. If their case is successfully presented, they could receive a  monetary award that would allow them to focus on their overall recovery.

Source: Libertyville, IL Patch, "One Dead After Six-Car Crash On I-94", Jonah Meadows, May 1, 2017

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