Plaintiffs must provide proof to civil courts that compensation for accident injuries and deaths is warranted. The defendant's share of fault significantly influences damages, particularly in states like Illinois where comparative negligence laws apply.
Media outlets in Illinois have reported that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a 23-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a truck that struck and killed three pedestrians on March 6. The truck driver's employer is also named in the lawsuit. The family of the woman and two children killed claim that the man was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident.
Illinois drivers should be aware of the risks associated with driving while drunk or otherwise impaired. Recreational and pharmaceutical substances may hinder the ability to drive so severely that the impaired driver becomes dangerous to themselves and anyone else on the road. An uncontrolled car is a lethal device, and a driver who is so intoxicated that they cannot properly control their vehicle is a threat to everyone around them.
Illinois workers may have heard that a chemical corporation was cited for 17 health and safety violations by OSHA after one employee was killed and two others were injured. In 2012, the company also received 19 citations after an OSHA inspection. The director of an OSHA regional office described the repeated violations as displaying a lack of commitment to employee health and safety. The employee died after his respiratory system was burned from hazardous chemical vapors released by a reactor that was over pressurized.
On Dec. 5, a 37-year-old Illinois man was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. Three days later, the 29-year-old man who is accused of causing the fatal car accident was held on $500,000 bond and charged for two counts of aggravated DUI causing death.
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.
Prosecutors in Illinois say that a driver was intoxicated when he caused a fatal one-car accident on Oct. 11. The wreck took place on the south side of Chicago while the accused man was driving at excessive speeds. At the time of the crash, the man reportedly had no valid driver's license due to three past convictions for DUI.
Illinois drivers may know that drinking is involved in many roadway deaths in this country. Programs aimed at reducing the number may be working since the reported numbers of fatalities have lessened.
A 26-year-old man must serve eight years in prison after a Sept. 18 sentencing hearing that stemmed from a 2103 auto accident. The man entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of aggravated DUI causing death on July 2 after he purportedly drove an SUV into a residence and killed a 73-year-old man.
Authorities believe that a fatal pedestrian accident in Humboldt Park occurred because of a man driving under the influence of alcohol. A 33-year-old man from Wicker Park allegedly struck a 55-year-old pedestrian walking in the 2700 block of North Avenue on Aug. 24. The driver faces charges for two counts of DUI, striking a pedestrian in a roadway and driving without insurance.