Chicago, IL- Over 34 percent fatal accidents in Illinois in 2014 were the result of speed, according to data from Illinois Department of Transportation. Speed is dangerous because drivers have trouble controlling their vehicle, and because of the amount of force a vehicle exerts. Speeding drivers kill far too many motorists and have catastrophic outcomes as a recent Illinois accident demonstrates.
Driver Was Traveling 135 mph When He Rear-Ended Another Motorist
Authorities are blaming excessive speed for a fatal crash that left in Wheaton which is west of Chicago. The accident occurred Saturday, September 30, 2017, around 11:00 a.m., online journal, My Suburban Life reports.
Police report that 62 year-old-man was driving his Camaro at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended a Honda, driven by a 23-year-old woman. When police arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the Honda completely engulfed in flames and they could not save the driver. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man driving the Camaro was taken into custody immediately. He has been charged with reckless homicide, the Patch reports.
The black box on the accused driver’s car shows he was traveling 135 mph just moments before the crash, My Suburban Life reports.
About 28 percent of car accidents in the U.S. involve rear impact. While rear-end crashes are common, they aren’t as deadly unless they involve a lot of force. The faster a motorist is traveling the more force is exerted when they collide with another vehicle or fixed object.
Speak to an Accident Lawyer in Illinois if a Loved One is Killed
Losing a loved one is difficult beyond words and the grief is unimaginable. It’s hard enough to accept your loved one’s demise without having to make tough legal decisions. If your loved one is killed by a negligent driver, USAttorneys.com can help you locate an accident attorney in Chicago, Illinois to assist with your wrongful death claim.
What Are the Basics of Wrongful Death Claims in Illinois?
You are eligible to file a wrongful death claim if you must be a:
Trustee appointed by the deceased’s estate
You may be entitled to wrongful death compensation to cover the expenses you incur when a loved one is accidentally killed. A wrongful death claim can include the following:
Medical expenses including emergency transport, surgery, and hospitalization.
Damages for lost companionship, emotional support, and consortium.
Punitive damages to punish the at-fault party.
Simply knowing the basics is not enough to get the full compensation you deserve for your loss. USAttorneys.com recommends you speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Illinois. Not only do they understand the basics you claim, they have skills crucial your case including the ability to conduct a thorough investigation, and negotiate with insurers and opposing counsel and can navigate the civil court system.