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Illinois accident on major highway kills man

Authorities report that a man was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle accident on April 12. The incident occurred in Wilmette shortly before 5 a.m. on Interstate 94.

According to the Illinois State Police, the car accident occurred when a 30-year-old man operating a 2012 Suzuki in the north lane of I-94 veered to the right and struck a Freightliner semi-truck that was pulled over. The driver suffered serious injuries, and he was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Another passenger in the Suzuki needed to be extricated from the car and was transported to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries. It was not reported if the truck driver also suffered injuries in the crash. The section of the interstate where the accident occurred was restricted to traffic for about six hours while a police investigation took place.

Those who are critically injured in a car accident may face an unpredictable future, and victims may have to deal with long-term rehabilitation and recovery that may take months or even years. By seeking the advice of a lawyer, those individuals may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive financial compensation.

For example, in this case, the official police investigation may suggest that the man who was driving the Suzuki was negligent when the accident occurred. Perhaps he was speeding, using a cell phone or was driving recklessly. A lawyer may be able to use evidence drawn from the investigative report and from witness accounts in order to prove that the driver was negligent.

Source: WBBM, "Man Dies After Vehicle Hits Semi On I-94", April 12, 2014

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