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Serious head-on crash in Illinois kills 4, injures 1

Four people died and one person suffered injuries due to a Bridgeview accident, authorities said. The July 4 crash reportedly took place on Harlem Avenue at approximately 5:25 p.m.

Reportedly, a Chevrolet Camaro was traveling north on Harlem Avenue in an erratic manner when it lost control and collided head-on with a Dodge pickup truck. Authorities pronounced four people dead at the accident scene: a 52-year-old woman, a 48-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man. An ambulance transported a fifth person to Oak Lawn's Advocate Christ Medical Hospital for treatment of injuries that officials deemed non-life-threatening.

According to eyewitness statements, the Camaro was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately prior to the crash. However, police did not state which car was at fault for the accident.

This case exemplifies the violent nature of head-on collisions. This type of auto accident can wreak immense damage upon the people and property involved in them. Drivers whose actionable behavior, such as excessive speeding or drunk driving, causes a head-on collision may be held accountable for the consequent damages in civil court.

That is because the people who suffer damages as a result of such a crash have the right to retain an attorney and file suit against the at-fault party. For instance, certain family members of deceased accident victims may file a wrongful death claim, seeking financial compensation for the losses they suffered in connection to the fatal incident. These losses may include the costs of the decedent's funeral service and estate administration as well as lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to the family household prior to death.

Source: Palos Patch, "Four Dead in Bridgeview Head-On Collision", Lorraine Swanson, July 05, 2014

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