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.
The long holiday weekends of summer are ideal for fun and travel. DuPage County families lighten their workloads to relax and enjoy the warm, pleasant season. Unfortunately, the laid-back attitude sometimes extends to the way people drive.
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.
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 worker at an Illinois construction site was killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed his vehicle at the site. The accident happened on June 21 in Chicago's Southwest Side. According to prosecutors, the driver is a 19-year-old man who had a blood alcohol content of 0.191 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit for adults in Illinois.
An Illinois motorcycle crash left one man dead and a woman injured on April 27. Police arrested a driver involved in the car accident on suspicion of aggravated DUI, accident causing death or injury, failure to render aid and several other charges.
A two-car crash in Bloomington left an Illinois State University senior dead. A coroner pronounced the man dead several days after the car accident.
An Illinois police officer and his canine companion were struck and killed by a DUI driver on Oct. 30. The officer was a U.S. Air Force veteran who had been with the police force since 2007. A statement released by Pontiac police said the officer was an honorable and dedicated man who was deeply committed to law enforcement.