A tragic car accident in Illinois has sadly claimed the life of a teenage girl. Now, her surviving family members are left to grieve over her loss and to wonder how her life could have been taken so suddenly. Six other individuals were also injured in the collision, which took place along Route 83/College Drive on a recent Monday night.
Events leading up to the accident
Police reported that six teenagers were traveling in a car going east along the street. However, the car’s driver reportedly lost control and ended up driving onto the road’s grassy shoulder. The driver then allegedly entered the street’s westbound lane and crashed into a sport utility vehicle going west.
According to police, three teenagers were thrown from the car, and one of them, 14, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other five teenagers suffered injuries and were taken to a medical center. The sole occupant of the sport utility vehicle was also hospitalized with injuries. Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the wreck.
Legal recourse is possible following these tragedies
Police may discover through their investigation that the car driver caused the Illinois accident due to negligent driving — for example, distracted driving or speeding. In this case, the surviving loved ones of the teenage girl who died in the crash may opt to file a wrongful death claim against the parents/guardians of the teenage driver, assuming that she was not the one driving the car at the time of the crash. Likewise, personal injury claims may be filed on behalf of the injured parties. Successfully litigated claims might lead to damages to cover hospital expenses, burial costs and other losses tied to the accident.