A 47-year-old woman died in an auto accident that occurred in Cumberland County, Illinois. The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. on a Tuesday night just south of the intersection of Route 121 and U.S. 45 when the 48-year-old driver of the pickup truck the woman was a passenger in ran into the back of a farm tractor that was traveling ahead of them.
The woman who died was not wearing her seat belt, and the driver of the pickup truck was injured and transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then later released. The driver of the pickup up was charged with driving under the influence in the auto accident. He was also charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
According to the Illinois state police, the accident happened when the driver of the farm tractor slowed down to make a turn. The driver of the pickup truck failed to slow down and now could be facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the surviving family members and dependents of the deceased woman. If the woman's family decides to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the pickup truck, they could potentially receive monetary compensation that could help them pay for the woman's funeral expenses and help reimburse them for her earning potential that was lost.
A wrongful death attorney might be able to help the family members draw up their wrongful death claim if they choose to do so. Their claim could state that their loved one's death might not have happened if the driver of the pickup truck had not been intoxicated and if he had slowed down to avoid the accident. A wrongful death attorney might also be able to assist them in negotiating a settlement.
Source: Journal gazette & times center, "Mattoon woman killed in Cumberland county accident Tuesday night", June 12, 2013