After a car accident, those who suffered injuries often choose to seek compensation for the damages that were sustained through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. However, because Illinois had adopted the comparative negligence theory of liability, an injured person may still be held partially responsible for causing the crash.
Authorities say it was fortunate that no one was seriously injured in a Feb. 25 accident in which a car slammed into an Illinois house at around 10 p.m. The driver and passenger in the car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The home's two residents were rescued by the fire department from the second floor of their house due to structural damage that made it unsafe for them to go downstairs on their own.
An Illinois driver who allegedly ran through a red light started a multi-vehicle accident in Oak Lawn on Oct. 5, and recent toxicology testing has revealed that the 81-year-old Illinois man was intoxicated when the fatal crash occurred. Three individuals died in the accident that occurred at the intersection of Cicero Avenue and 95th Street around 4:17 p.m.
Authorities with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department reported that a 3-vehicle collision that occurred on Nov. 7 in Milan resulted in the death of one man. According to reports, the collision occurred around 11:30 a.m. when the 44-year-old man apparently attempted to turn left into a private parking lot.
The news is full of stories about accidents caused by people who text and drive, some of them fatal. Unfortunately, despite the dangers, many people, and especially many young people, continue to engage in such activity while they are driving. When teens and adults text and drive, they not only endanger themselves, they also endanger others on the roads around them.
Law enforcement authorities reported that a head-on collision claimed the life of a Dahlgren man on Nov. 4. The accident reportedly happened on Illinois Route 142 near the Hamilton/Jefferson County line around 5:10 p.m.
An accident involving three vehicles in La Salle County on Sept. 8 has left one person dead and two people with injuries. At the time of the report, the crash was still under investigation by Peru police.
On Aug. 25, a 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty in a DuPage County court to nine total counts of aggravated DUI stemming from a fatal accident in Naperville. If convicted, the man may receive a prison sentence of six to 28 years, reportedly.