On March 30, a two-vehicle accident that occurred on the Edens Expressway in Illinois left one person dead. According to the report, the crash took place in the southbound lanes near Touhy Avenue in Skokie at approximately 1:45 a.m.
The Illinois State Police stated that a man from Lincolnwood was reportedly traveling south in a white Audi when he collided with the back end of a Chevrolet truck. The impact caused the truck to veer to the right and roll over several times before coming to a stop. The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old man from Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene less than 30 minutes after the crash occurred. An autopsy performed by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office on the man determined that he died as a result of major head trauma and that his death was an accident.
The driver of the Audi was also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that were described as minor. Though the local police department was reportedly still investigating the car accident, it was stated that there were charges pending against the driver of the Audi.
If the evidence from a case indicates that the driver who caused the crash was negligent and their actions directly caused the death of a loved one, the surviving family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. By filing this type of claim, family members who sustained financial damages as a direct result of the accident may seek compensation for any medical bills, funeral costs, loss of future income and loss of society and companionship.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Police: Fatal Crash Closes Southbound Edens For 6 Hours", March 30, 2014