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Illinois driver and bar named in wrongful death suit

A 42-year-old driver involved in a head-on collision in Cook County on July 1 is facing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an individual who died in the accident. The bar where the 42-year-old man had purportedly been drinking prior to the accident was also named in the suit.

According to authorities, the car accident took place at about 6:45 p.m. on State Road near Mayfield Avenue, where the 42-year-old man crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2002 Ford Taurus. A 77-year-old male passenger in the Taurus suffered multiple injuries in the accident. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he succumbed to his injuries a few days later, reportedly. Law enforcement officials detained the 42-year-old driver and charged him with two counts of aggravated DUI.

The 77-year-old man's wife, who had been driving the Taurus at the time of the accident, and his two adult children are suing the 42-year-old man via the wrongful death claim. The suit claims that the 42-year-odl man had been drinking at a suburban Hickory Hills bar just prior to the accident. The 77-year-old man's family is suing the bar via the claim as well.

In cases like this one, a wrongful death attorney representing the family members of the deceased accident victim may adopt evidence and other material from the police investigation in an effort to prove negligent behavior on the part of the defendant. If the wrongful death claim is successful, the plaintiffs might receive economic and non-economic damages, which might include restitution for end-of-life expenses related to the decedent as well as for the family's grief, sorrow and mental suffering.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Suit: Drunk driver and bar to blame for fatal crash", Reema Amin, October 30, 2014

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