On Jan. 3, two vehicles traveling in contrary directions were involved in a fatal accident shortly after 6 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police. The incident reportedly transpired at the Vienna intersection of Locust Street and U.S. route 45.
One of the drivers involved in the collision was a 28-year-old man who authorities said came from Tennessee. The other driver was from Illinois, an 18-year-old woman who resided in the same jurisdiction in which the accident occurred, Johnson County.
Thus, Johnson County officials responded to the incident. At the scene of the crash, which inflicted mortal injuries on the Tennessee driver, the county coroner pronounced the 28-year-old man dead. The 18-year-old driver suffered significant yet non-life-threatening bodily damage. Emergency medical personnel transported the woman first to Marion Heartland Hospital and, subsequently, to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of injuries that officials categorized as serious.
In most cases involving violent wrecks, the damages with which injured car accident victims and the families of deceased accident victims must cope are not limited to the obvious physical and emotional suffering. In truth, these individuals oftentimes experience financial throes as well. For example, the wife of a man killed in a crash may, for a critical length of time, struggle to feed, clothe and otherwise provide for her children with the sudden cessation of their father's paycheck buttressing the household income. Civil action, such as a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of bereaved families, may provide compensation for the financial losses associated with an accident, and a lawyer may advise accident victims if they are eligible to file a claim and, if so, what it might take in their case to prevail.
Source: Vienna Times, "Head-on crash kills one in Vienna", January 03, 2015